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The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work

Heard, Georgia

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ISBN 10: 0325004609 / ISBN 13: 9780325004600
Published by Heinemann, 2002
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Title: The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques ...

Publisher: Heinemann

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Grades K-8


"How can I get my students to revise their writing?"


If this is one of your most frequently asked questions, then this is the book for you – a guide to specific strategies you can teach to enable your students to re-see and re-shape their writing on multiple levels, from word choice to organization.


Longtime writer and writing teacher Georgia Heard knows firsthand what a daunting task revision can seem to both students and teachers. First, she addresses students' confusion about the differences between editing and revision. She shows you how to reassure your students that revision is not an indicator of bad writing, but an integral part of the writing process. Then Heard provides ready-to-use strategies that take the mystery out of teaching revision and help even the most reluctant writers revise.


Using three main Revision Toolboxes–Words, Structure, and Voice–she offers dozens of specific revision tools to inspire students to revisit their work. In addition, Heard includes:

  • a "Revision Lesson" for each tool to show you how to teach that strategy
  • techniques to help students reread their writing from different points of view
  • conferring techniques to guide you when instructing individual students
  • revision examples from students and from Heard's own writing
  • "Revision-at-a-Glance" – a quick-reference sheet for students on every revision tool.
Make revision inviting. Make it a part of your students' writing process. Then watch as they fine tune and improve-and the real pleasures of writing and teaching begin.

About the Author:

Georgia Heard is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she worked as senior staff developer in the New York City schools for seven years. She is currently a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, and a consultant and visiting author in school districts throughout the U.S, Canada and around the world. She is the author of numerous professional books on teaching writing including her most recent A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades (Stenhouse, 2009) and Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School (Heinemann) which was cited by Instructor Magazine as "One of the Ten Best Books Every Teacher Should Read." She has also authored many children's books including her most recent Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems (Roaring Brook Press, 2009).

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