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The Teacher Tip

See Your Writing

June 12, 2018

Adapted from The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work, 3rd Edition by Georgia Heard

Getting perspective and really reseeing our writing are at the core of revision. Revision means “to see and see again.” But to see again, we must learn to dig deeper and deeper into our experiences and thoughts. Some people refer to revision as “soul work” rather than simply an intellectual exercise of tightening verbs and deleting unnecessary words. 

Before we discuss any crafting revision strategies with our students, we must teach them that the first step in revision is to reread our writing in order to see it. 

Try this: Don’t read to check for spelling or punctuation or to change a small word here or there, but compare the accuracy of your words with what’s in your heart and mind. To be able to read your writing, then to stand back and measure it against your heart’s experience or your mind’s intention – that’s the real point of revision. 

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