Everyday Editing

Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer's Workshop

Editing is often seen as one item on a list of steps in the writing process—usually put somewhere near the end, and often completely crowded out of writer's workshop. Too many times daily editing lessons happen in a vacuum, with no relationship to what students are writing.

In Everyday Editing, Jeff Anderson asks teachers to reflect on what sort of message this approach sends to students. Does it tell them that editing and revision are meaningful parts of the writing process, or just a hunt for errors with a 50/50 chance of getting it right—comma or no comma?

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Editing is often seen as one item on a list of steps in the writing process—usually put somewhere near the end, and often completely crowded out of writer's workshop. Too many times daily editing lessons happen in a vacuum, with no relationship to what students are writing.

In Everyday Editing, Jeff Anderson asks teachers to reflect on what sort of message this approach sends to students. Does it tell them that editing and revision are meaningful parts of the writing process, or just a hunt for errors with a 50/50 chance of getting it right—comma or no comma?

Instead of rehearsing errors and drilling students on what's wrong with a sentence, Jeff invites students to look carefully at their writing along with mentor texts, and to think about how punctuation, grammar, and style can be best used to hone and communicate meaning.

Written in Jeff's characteristically witty style, this refreshing and practical guide offers an overview of his approach to editing within the writing workshop as well as ten detailed sets of lessons covering everything from apostrophes to serial commas. These lessons can be used throughout the year to replace Daily Oral Language or error-based editing strategies with a more effective method for improving student writing.

 

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About the Author(s)

For nearly thirty years, Jeff has inspired writers and teachers of grades 1-10 with the power and joy of the writing process. He has written five books for Stenhouse Publishers. He also writes middle-grade novels.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Do My Students Hate Grammar and Editing?
Part I
Chapter 1: What Is Editing Instruction?
Chapter 2: Why Invite Students into an Editing Process?
Chapter 3: What Do Editing Invitations Look Like in the Classroom?
Part II
Everyday Editing Invitations: 10 Lesson Sets
1. Did You Make the List? Teaching the Serial Comma
2. Here It Comes: Teaching Colons
3. Capitalize on This: Teaching Capitalization
4. Possession or Contraction—You Be the Judge: Teaching Apostrophes
5. Is It, or Isn't It? Teaching Simple Sentences
6. To Be or Not to Be: Teaching Verb Choice
7. Let's Make It an Appositive Experience: Teaching Appositives
8. Give Me a Break: Teaching Paragraphs
9. Do We Have Chemistry? Teaching Compound Sentences
10. What's Up? Teaching Dialogue
An Invitation for You: Keep the Conversation Flowing
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Product Details

Grade Range: 4-8
Media: 176 pp/paper
Year: 2006
Item No: 0709
ISBN: 978-157110-709-1

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