Teaching Nonfiction Revision by Sneed B. Collard III, Vicki Spandel. A Professional Writer Shares Strategies, Tips, and Lessons - Heinemann Publishing
Teaching Nonfiction Revision

Teaching Nonfiction Revision

A Professional Writer Shares Strategies, Tips, and Lessons

Sneed B. Collard III and Vicki Spandel blow the roof off everything you thought you knew about teaching nonfiction writing and the purposes for revision.

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What happens when a bestselling nonfiction children’s book author pairs up with a nationally known writing teacher to discuss revision strategies?  Magic.
 
Sneed B. Collard III and Vicki Spandel blow the roof off everything you thought you knew about teaching nonfiction writing and the purposes for revision.  Dozens of strategy lessons pulled from Sneed’s professional writing experience followed by Vicki’s classroom-savvy tips and exercises give you the nuts and bolts of teaching revision to make nonfiction writing more meaningful, useful, and enjoyable for the reader.

Using a “big-to-small” process of revision, from Big Picture ideas down to individual words, Sneed and Vicki demystify revision and help students become clear, persuasive, compelling—even entertaining—writers. “With your encouragement and guidance,” they write, “students will discover the joy of turning their first rough ideas into something readers cannot put down.”

Contents

Part I: Setting the State
1. What Nonfiction Revision Is—and Isn’t
2. When and How Writers Revise
3. Creating an Environment That Supports Revision
4. Balancing Expectations
5. Creating a Vision
6. The Rewards of Research
7. Ready, Set, Write!
Part II: Big-Picture Revision
1. Isolate Your Main Idea
2. Research Your Topics—Again!
3. Add Missing Information
4. Cut, Cut, Cut!
5. Check Your Organization
6. Unleash Your Voice!
7. End with Something to Say
8. Give It a Rest
Part III: Scene Revision
1. Make Sure Every Scene Contributes
2. Craft for Cohesion
3. Create and Use Unforgettable Nonfiction Characters
4. Check Consistency in Tense and Pronoun Reference
5. Nail Those Transitions!
6. Lead into the Next Scene
Part IV: Paragraph Revision
1. Making Paragraphs
2. Make Sure It All Makes Sense
3. Put Sentences in the Best Order
4. Build Up Hooks
5. Pump Up the Action!
6. Vary Sentence Length and Structure
7. Ferret Out Contradictions and Falsehoods
8. Eliminate Unnecessary and Redundant Information
9. Eliminate Word and Phrase Repeats
Part V: Sentence Revision
1. Trim the Fat
2. Eliminate Passive Voice
3. Show, Don’t Tell
4. Move Trailing Phrases to the Front
5. Use “Real Language”—Even If It’s Wrong
6. Use Similes
7. Consider Metaphors—Sparingly
8. Choose Good Quotations
9. Find the Right Emotional Impact
Part VI: Word Revision
1. Cut Unnecessary Descriptors
2. Eliminate Intensifying Words
3. Remove Redundant Words—Again and Again!
4. Swap Weak Verbs for Strong Ones
5. Get Specific!
6. Use the Language of the Territory
Part VII: The Final Wrap