Boost Student Writing Skills: A Low-Stakes Revision Exercise http://bit.ly/FlashRev Overview 1. Why Students Don’t Revise 2. Origins of FLASH REVISION 3. Demo 4. Examples 5. Benefits 6. Common Revision Needs 7. BONUS Revision Exercises 8. Q & A Why Students Don’t Like to Revise Revising = Hard Are Not Self-Critical Don’t Know How History of Flash Revision http://www.edutopia.org/blog/interview-with-pennykittle-todd-finley#comments Prompt: __________ is the best book or movie of all time because ____ [Explain why - Freewrite for 5 min]. Revise Make it clearer Use RADAR : Replace Add Delete AND Reorder (2 min. to Revise) Make it succinct Make it flow English II Honors English II Honors Example #1: Standard English IV Students shows basic understanding of the revision process. They point out what needs to be taken out and added to make their argument appear more valid. Example #2: Honors English IV Student Students shows a better understanding of the revision process. Pointing out details that need to be taken out or moved. Trying to make the passage flow better. BENEFITS 1. INCREASES METACOGNITION. 2. LOW STAKES = LOWERS STRESS 3. USEFUL ACROSS DISCIPLINES 4. FAST Handout: Fixing Common Revision Errors http://tinyurl.com/pfn8449 Revising Activities Tell Writers... Cut 10 words. Tell Writers... Help readers see, hear, and experience your ideas. Tell Writers... 1. Cut adjectives and adverbs = “ran quickly” 1. Replace with precise nouns/verbs = “sprinted” Tell Writers... Freewrite for 5 min. on what you’re trying to accomplish Tell Writers... Noun + string of specifics: “I inhaled the flowers from her garden – roses, tulips, and azaleas.” 2 BONUS TIPS Direct Students to Revise ONE specific part of an essay Assign fewer papers. HOW DO YOU TEACH STUDENTS TO REVISE?