Real Revision: Authors’ Strategies to Share with Student Writers


  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571108564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571108562

As teachers, how can we encourage and motivate young writers to revise their work in meaningful, thoughtful ways?

Revision is so much more than spelling corrections; it involves re-thinking not what a piece of writing is, but what it might become. It involves reflection and time to consider roads not traveled in the first draft, collaboration and talking things over. Real revision means Post-It Notes, index cards, computerized comments, colored pencils, highlighters, messes, and time. REAL REVISION: AUTHORS’ STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS pulls back the curtain to reveal how Kate Messner and dozens of other children’s authors revise their work — so kids can see the nitty-gritty, messy details involved in crafting a piece of writing into a final draft. With anecdotes from both the author’s desk and the classroom, REAL REVISION takes a look at the process authors use to improve their work and offers related strategies that are ready for the classroom. Special “Author Mentor” pages feature photos, book covers, and author revision strategies, along with “Try It” classroom activities to share with students.

Activities and Extras


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