Writing Process: Editing Resources
helping students become competent editors of their own writing
Editing is separate from revision. This is a topic we passionately discuss at many of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's inservice classes for teachers.
Why? We visit writers workshops, and we ask students what step of the writing process they are currently working on. If a student says, "I'm revising," we bend down and ask for specifics details. Too often, the student explains how he or she is checking their spelling and writing a neater draft. This is editing, not revision, and many of our students don't know the difference, even in classrooms where the process has clearly been taught.
Author Vicki Spandel understands this dilemma too. In fact, she has developed an entire series of grade-specific resources designed to clearly show students the difference between the acts of editing and revising. Mini-lessons for both steps of the writing process are provided in these books, and they help students see the difference. If you haven't checked out her Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors series, you should. She has a version for second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade (pictured at right), sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade.
One goal we have in Northern Nevada is to--someday soon--bend down and ask a student who claims to be revising a paper what strategies he/she is working on and to not hear about things done in the editing step of the process. We want our students to differentiate and value these two separate steps of the writing process.
On this page at WritingFix, we share resources and ideas specific to editing. Be sure to check out our revision page, if those are the types of resources you are actually looking for.
Want to participate in this developing WritingFix page? If you have a favorite original lesson or tool for teaching your students to edit that you would be willing to let us post here, we will send you one of the NNWP Print Publications in exchange for us being allowed to feature it. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to summarize a editing idea/tool that you'd be willing to send us.