Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Receiving Revision Help for Rough Drafts - Section 3: Revising for Ideas and Content


All too often, students write. They write, and that's it.  They write and they're done. 

They don't revisit what they wrote.  They don't reread what they wrote.

Or if they do, they read what they thought they wrote.  I know I've done it.  Once you've spent time with your own writing, you know what it should say.  When you reread it, you see what you expect to see.  But sometimes what you wrote isn't what you meant to say.

That's why I encourage students to reread what they wrote--aloud.  Not silently, because it's too easy to read what they thought they wrote. But aloud?  That's a bit more difficult. 

Then I ask another student to read what they wrote aloud.  Magically, they start hearing and seeing where they went wrong. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote in a reflection that sometimes it's difficult to know where to help students start with their writing and that sometimes, it just wants me to become a math teacher.  This strategy makes me realize that there is hope.

One of my co-taught students, N, has some great strengths.  He's a hard worker and very friendly.  Writing, however, is not one of his strengths.  In November, the most positive thing I could think of to say about his writing was that he'd done it.  What he'd written was. . . well, it was word salad. Today when I worked with him individually I could see how far he'd come.  He read his own words aloud and realized that what he said wasn't what he wanted to say.  He wasn't able to do that just a few months ago. Even better?  He was able to fix it.

Combined with our daily bellwork, I think that this habit of rereading writing aloud is working. Simple strategy, but powerful results.

  Revision and Reading Aloud
  Student Self-Assessment: Revision and Reading Aloud
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Receiving Revision Help for Rough Drafts

Unit 9: What Happened to Emmett Till?: Analyzing Multiple Sources to Discover History
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to revise an informative paragraph for ideas and content by participating in a writing workshop.

Big Idea: Students get feedback from their peers to make their ideas and content stronger.

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