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Real Revision: Authors' Strategies to Share with Student Writers

Real Revision: Authors' Strategies to Share with Student Writers

by Kate Messner
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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571108562
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 490,279
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of Stenhouse professional titles Real Revision (2010) and 59 Reasons to Write (2015) as well as more than two dozen award-winning children's books. These include picture book favorites Over and Under the SnowUp in the Garden and Down in the DirtOver and Under the PondHow to Read a Story, and Tree of Wonder from Chronicle, the popular Ranger in Time series and Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries from Scholastic, and middle-grade novels like The Brilliant Fall of Gianna ZEye of the StormWake Up MissingAll The Answers, and The Seventh Wish from Bloomsbury.

Kate taught middle school English for fifteen years and earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English Language Arts. She left the classroom in 2012 to be a full-time writer, speaker, and educational consultant. Kate was a featured presenter at the 2012 TED Conference and is a frequent keynote speaker for state and national library and teaching conferences. She offers full-day staff development sessions in schools as well as author visits and writing workshops for young readers and writers.

When she's not writing or teaching, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking the Adirondack High Peaks and swimming in Lake Champlain, where she lives with her family.

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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