Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors for Grade 4: 30 Revision and Editing Lessons / Edition 1

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Vicki Spandel

Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors for Grade 4: 30 Revision and Editing Lessons

Challenge students to be daring, creative, and confident revisers with the help of writing expert Vicki Spandel! Based on its highly successful parent texts, Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing and Creating Young Writers, this new grade-level series offers a fresh approach to strengthening revision and editing skills in grades two through eight. Each research-based volume includes a wealth of interactive lessons based on samples of problematic writing that students revise or edit in teams, with a follow-up coaching discussion led by the teacher.

Can you teach fourth graders to revise? Yes–provided the revision lessons are designed especially for them. The 15 revision lessons and 15 editing lessons stress a process approach that focuses on one kind of problem at a time, making revision a manageable skill for second graders at all ability levels. Clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions for each lesson show teachers precisely what writing skill to focus on–how to introduce it, present it, and reinforce it in future writing.

“A strong text with lessons I look forward to using with my class!” —Kathleen Lane, elementary educator, Lafayette, California

“[Vicki’s] writing style is very clear and concise. The lesson plans are well written, with clearly described objectives and learning outcomes.” —Patricia Taillacq, instructional paraeducator, Marlborough Intermediate Elementary, Massachusetts

Vicki Spandel has worked as a language arts teacher, editor, journalist, technical writer, and award winning video producer. Since her work developing the original, internationally recognized 6-Trait Model for writing assessment and instruction, she has served as scoring director for more than 75 state, county, and district writing assessments. Vicki is a frequent visitor in writing classrooms, providing coaching on writing, revision, and editing. Her books include Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing , 5e and Creating Young Writers, 2e, (Allyn & Bacon); The 9 Rights of Every Writer (Heinemann); and The Write Traits series (Great Source Education Group).

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Editorial Reviews

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"As a teacher-leader, I recommend Vicki Spandel's materials to fellow teachers, local, county, and state administrators, college professors, and student teachers. Her books, teaching guides, and podcasts never fail to impress educators from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Most importantly, her materials show students of all grade levels how to become stronger authentic writers."

- Barbara Andrews, A.C.Stelle Middle School, Calabasas, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205570607
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/23/2008
  • Series: Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,013,027
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Spandel has worked as a language arts teacher, editor, journalist, technical writer, and award winning video producer. In 1984, Vicki coordinated the 17-member teacher team out of Beaverton, Oregon who developed the original, internationally recognized 6-trait model for writing assessment and instruction. Since that time, she has served as scoring director for more than 75 state, county, and district writing assessments, and has developed instructional writing materials for students K through college. She is a frequent visitor in writing classrooms, providing coaching on writing, revision, and editing. Vicki is the author or co-author (with Jeff Hicks) of more than 30 books for teachers and students, including Creating Young Writers, second edition (2008, Allyn and Bacon), The 9 Rights of Every Writer (2005, Heinemann), The Write Traits Classroom Kits, Grades 1 through 8 (Great Source Education Group), Write Traits Advanced, Grades 9 through 12 (Great Source), and most recently, Write Traits Kindergarten: Bringing the Traits to Kinderwriters (2008, Great Source). She lives with her family in the beautiful Three Sisters Wilderness area of Central Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Why do we need to teach revision differently? 2

What if I have never worked with the traits before? 2

Trait 1: Ideas 3

Trait 2: Organization 3

Trait 3: Voice 3

Trait 4: Word Choice 3

Trait 5: Sentence Fluency 3

Trait 6: Conventions 3

How are the lessons organized? 4

Lesson Format and Timelines 4

What if our changes do not agree with the suggested text? 6

How do these lessons fit into a writing workshop? 6

What can I do to make these lessons more effective? 7

Checklists: Creating Revisers and Editors, Grade 4 9

Note to the Teacher 9

Student Writing Guide, Grade 4 14

Bibliography: List of Books Referenced for Grade 4 Lesson Set 17

Lessons for Grade 4 19

1 Capitals and End Punctuation 20

2 Revising by Answering Readers' Questions 23

3 Commas After Introductions 33

4 Revising by Cutting Filler 36

5 Commas to Set Off Interruptions 45

6 Revising in Levels 48

7 Putting It Together (Lessons 1, 3, and 5) 59

8 Revising to Create a Surprise Ending 62

9 Two for theApostrophe 71

10 Revising to Relocate 74

11 Quotation Marks and Speech 84

12 Revising to jurnpstart Writing 117

13 Shifts in Tense 98

14 Revising to Create Mood 101

15 Putting It Together (Lessons 9, 11, 13) 110

16 Revising for Conviction 113

17 Beginning a New Paragraph 123

18 Revising With Exaggeration 126

19 Good and Well 135

20 Revising for Adjective Overload 138

21 Two Little Words: All right and a lot 141

22 Revising for the Right Verb 152

23 Putting It Together (Lessons 17, 19, 21) 161

24 Revising With Similes 164

25 Run-On Sentences 174

26 Revising With Dialogue 177

27 Comma Splices 187

28 Revising SentenceOpenings 190

29 Editing Wrap-Up (All Editing Lessons) 199

30 Revising for Strength 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly recommended!

    Instead of the usual DLI type editing practice, this book offers individual and partner practice on revising for each of the traits as well as the more standard editing practice of conventions. This allows students to see where they have not given their reader enough information on their topic, etc. An excellent resource.

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