Real Revision: Authors' Strategies to Share with Student Writers

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How do you show students that revision is more than a classroom exercise to please the teacher? Take them into the real world of writing for publication. In Real Revision, award-winning author and teacher Kate Messner demystifies the revision process for teachers and students alike and provides tried-and-true revision strategies, field tested by students' favorite authors. Kate takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at how more than thirty-five authors-including Julie Berry, Watt Key, Loree Griffin Burns, Jane ...

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Overview

How do you show students that revision is more than a classroom exercise to please the teacher? Take them into the real world of writing for publication. In Real Revision, award-winning author and teacher Kate Messner demystifies the revision process for teachers and students alike and provides tried-and-true revision strategies, field tested by students' favorite authors. Kate takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at how more than thirty-five authors-including Julie Berry, Watt Key, Loree Griffin Burns, Jane Yolen, Lisa Schroeder, Suzanne Selfors, Eric Luper, Danette Haworth, and Kathi Appelt-revise their works, often many times over, before they appear on library and bookstore shelves.

Using successful strategies from her own classroom, Kate teaches how authors use research, brainstorming, and planning as revision tools; how they revise to add detail and make characters stronger; and how students can use those same techniques for all kinds of writing in the classroom. Real Revision features dozens of reproducible "mentor author" pages, with quotes from the authors about their revision processes, and includes related classroom-ready activities.

For any teacher who wants to produce strong real-world writers, Real Revision will infuse the classroom with new energy as students use mentor authors as models for their own revision and writing.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is more than a bunch of lessons on revision--it is a book about creating a classroom where revision is valued. For anyone working to create a more authentic writing workshop, this book is a must-read." - A Year of Reading blog

"Outstanding! She shows just how she is able to manage this sort of real revision while also managing the realities of teaching in a time of tests and standards." - Educating Alice blog 

"Messner gives tips on creating a revision-friendly classroom and creating a space safe to talk about student writing, along with many ideas on brainstorming, planning, researching, and copyediting. " - Book News

"The book is such a gem that you'll definitely want your very own copy." - Ink Rethink blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571108562
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 560,312
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Messner
Kate Messner


The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z is Kate Messner's first book. She teaches junior high in Plattsburgh, New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Real Revision: Where Stories Start to Sing 1

Chapter 2 Creating a Revision-Friendly Classroom 5

Chapter 3 The Elephant in the Room (And It's Ticking Away the Minutes!) 13

Chapter 4 Back to Brainstorming 31

Chapter 5 Real Authors Don't Plan … Or Do They? 51

Chapter 6 Big-Picture Revision 69

Chapter 7 Returning to Research 81

Chapter 8 Magic In the Details 93

Chapter 9 Are the People Real? 111

Chapter 10 Whose Voice Is It Anyway? 135

Chapter 11 The Words We Choose 149

Chapter 12 Cut! Cut! Cut! 163

Chapter 13 Talking It Out 177

Chapter 14 Glean Up: The Copyediting Process 199

Chapter 15 What If the Writing Is Already Good? 207

Chapter 16 Technology Tools of the Trade 215

Chapter 17 The Revision Classroom, Revisited 223

Appendix 228

Resources 260

Index 265

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