I cross-posted this at Verla’s…but just in case I don’t run into you there…
What are your favorite revision strategies that teachers might also encourage students to use when revising writing in a classroom setting?
Reading out loud? Post-it notes? Critique partners? Bring it on!
I’m giving a presentation on revision at the New York State English Council Conference in NYC this November. It’s called “Walking the Walk: How Teacher-Writers Can Encourage Student Revision.” As part of that presentation, I’ll be talking about how teachers can use the concept of “mentor authors” in their classrooms. (This doesn’t involve you interacting directly with students; it simply means that teachers use excerpts from your work to talk about and model specific writing skills & strategies.)
My hope is to put together a PowerPoint presentation that teachers can use in their classrooms to share some of YOUR favorite revision strategies with their students. Sometimes, a revision suggestion coming from a favorite author has more clout with kids than a suggestion that comes from a teacher. I’m going to share the presentation at the workshop and make it available for download on my website so teachers can access it to use in their classrooms.
Are you game to be featured as a mentor author? If so, please respond to this post and tell me about one specific revision strategy you like to use. Let me know what it is and if it’s a general strategy or one that’s specifically useful for novels, non-fiction, poetry, picture books, magazine articles, etc. I’ll choose a good selection of these to use in the presentation. I’ll include your advice to students, along with a link to your website, your picture, and a picture of your books if you’re published, in the multimedia presentation. (To keep things simple, I’ll grab these from your website unless you object.) This is a general session at NYSEC, so authors for all ages, from PB to YA are welcome!
If you respond to this post, I’ll assume it’s okay for me to feature you in the presentation unless you tell me otherwise. It’s a great way for you to provide help to young writers and to make teachers & kids more aware of your work. Thanks!