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Using Metacognition to Spark Revision

My theory as a writing teacher this past year was this: getting my students to reflect on and talk about the revisions they were trying—to ask them to “get a little ‘meta’”—would help foster these identities and build a culture of revision in my classroom.  (continue reading)

Building a Writer's Toolbox: Laying the Groundwork for Revision

Your first draft is like a dark room and our questions can show you the parts we’re curious to know more about—the places to shine your flashlight. It’s your choice as a writer which questions tug at your pen the most, but choose one or two, and cast your beam in those dark corners.  (continue reading)

Are Your Students Excited About Nonfiction Revision? Because They Could Be...

I have a confession: I love to cut. Almost nothing pleases me more than to read through a manuscript and find entire chapters that can be placed under the guillotine  (continue reading)

Sneed B. Collard on The Beauty of Pairing Down

Let’s talk about Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style cuts – hacking off large sections of your manuscript to make it better. How do you know where to begin?  (continue reading)

Writing Engaging Characters for Nonfiction

Writing Engaging Characters for Nonfiction  (continue reading)

6 Steps to Create an Environment that Supports Revision

6 Steps to Create an Environment that Supports Revision  (continue reading)

Heinemann Fellow Chris Hall on Building a Culture of Revision

Heinemann Fellow Chris Hall on Building a Culture of Revision  (continue reading)

Barry Lane: Going Back To The Party

Barry Lane: Going Back To The Party  (continue reading)

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