Good morning! I want to respond to the teacher who asked me how to help her kids understand the need for revision.
First and foremost, ask your students to go back and look for telling sentences in what they have written. Help them paint pictures with their words. Ex: Tina was mad.(tell) Tina stomped her foot and slammed her fist into the wall. (show)
Have a hearty conversation with your kids before you actually start the revision process. Stimulate a love of language by talking through any activity before it goes onto paper.
Give the kids in your class a page of YOUR own telling sentences. Tell them that you need help with revisions...imaginative ones. The idea that these are YOUR sentences adds an element of fun. They let the kids know that YOU value what they have to say and write.
Here are a couple ideas for the sentences you will ask the kids to revise for you.
I went to the grocery store. (tell)
I pulled corn off the top shelf. It fell into my cart.
I graded papers.
I put a smiley face at the top of Andre's paper.
Making yourself a part of the writing process is critical. If you're reading this as a parent, the same rule applies. Have fun with your kids while they write. Help them to see that writing isn't a burden, just an awesome way to communicate.
Believe it or not, after a while the kids will want to revise punctuation and grammer too. Writing is and should be fun!
If you're an aspiring writer, use these ideas yourself!