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A Group Revision StrategyThat Works
Dr. R. Kaminski
Revision, or re-seeing, is not necessarily a natural act. It draws on…the energy of anticipation…[I]t is the forward vision, as well as the backward vision, that ultimately lead to major breakthroughs in a child’s writing.
Donald Graves, 1983
Writing: Teachers and Children at Work
Revising is rethinking. Students usually think of revising as fixing spelling and grammar. However, good writers are even more interested in revising for meaning, seeking to be clearer and more effective for their audience. Students rarely attempt revisions of the latter type spontaneously…
Zemelman and Daniels,1988
A Community of Writers
Make sure (students) understand the difference between revision and editing. Construct a brick wall between the two! Revision is a composing tool; editing involves the surface features of writing. If kids confuse the two, their revisions will be first aid..instead of the radical surgery that leads to improved writing.
Ralph Fletcher, 2001
Writing Workshop: Essential Guide
“I read what I have written and I cross out a word and put another word in; a more decent word or a better word. Then if there is somewhere to use a sentence that I have crossed out, I will put it there.”
“It means taking apart what I have written and putting it back together again. I ask major theoretical questions of my ideas, respond to those questions, and think of proportion and structure...I am constantly chiseling and changing as I revise.”