Drawing on a wealth of models, checklists, and guidelines, Revising & Editing shows classroom teachers how to address the teaching of specific revising and editing skills to improve both fiction and nonfiction writing. Les Parsons explores the concept and the goal behind these two distinct practices through:
Activities that encourage students to rethink the writing process, from initial idea to final product;
A toolkit of reproducible sheets that focus on a range of skills--from word choice, sentence, and paragraph structure to grammar, punctuation, and title treatment;
Tips for promoting collaborative learning through peer and student-teacher conferences and parental involvement;
8 series of student models that illustrate prose narratives, essays, poems, and projects, and how to use these models with students;
A thorough discussion of the role of drafting in the computer age;
Practical suggestions for the assessment and evaluation of student writing;
A glossary of terms for easy reference.
Les Parsons taught a variety of subjects, including English and language arts, for more than thirty years. As an English consultant, workshop leader, and university lecturer, he has worked with classroom teachers at all grade levels. His work with innovative curricular initiatives ranges from implementing response journals across the curriculum and writer's workshop techniques to designing effective evaluation systems and promoting practical equity policies. Les' latest book, Bullied Teacher: Bullied Student, tackles the controversial issue of how adult and student bullying combine in a school to produce a bullying culture and then details what to do about it. Here is how Les describes his approach to writing and education: "I think through writing. During the process of writing, my goal is not necessarily to publish, but try to understand a little bit more about my world and myself. As a lifelong educator, I write to discover the best ways to learn and the right ways to teach. If I uncover a kernel of truth about a unique perspective on an educational issue that I haven't encountered before, I try to publish in order to share what I've learned. "As teachers, we can make a difference. If we can equip young people with the right tools, skills, and knowledge, and furnish them with an equitable, compassionate view of the people around them, they will make a difference in the world they inherit."