I've been using Lucy Calkins Units of Study as my main resource for this unit on personal narratives. You can read an earlier post about it HERE.
As part of "Bend II" in Lucy's unit, I presented lessons on how students could revise their writing to enhance the overall quality of the piece. Lucy proposes three strategies:
- "Unfreeze" the People
- Tell Small Steps
- Bring the Inside Out
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I taught theses strategies over the course of 4 days through min-lessons, adding them to the anchor chart (left side) as we went. On the fourth day, we reviewed them all as a way to summarize our learning- that's when I added the hand written notes on the anchor chart (right side).
As for the strategies themselves, they are pretty straightforward for students to understand.
"Unfreeze" the People encourages students to include actions and dialogue (through speech bubbles) in their drawings. Tell Small Steps is all about zooming in, really capturing the small moment, or heart of the story. Bring the Inside Out encourages students to share how the characters thought and felt.
Now that we've finished revising, we are editing with partners for publication! We'll share our finished books with parents at next week's fall conference.
How do you teach revision to your students?
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