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Citation: Anderson, Jeff. (2007). Everyday Editing: Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writing Workshop. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.


Title: Everyday Editing: Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writing Workshop
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Year: 2007
Publisher: Stenhouse
City: Portland, ME
Medium: Book
Author(s): Anderson, Jeff
Grades: Fourth Grade to Eighth Grade
Category: Teaching the Writing Process Editing Teaching Punctuation Teaching Grammar
Annotation: What about older and more proficient writers? How can we teach them about editing in a meaningful way? If editing is a challenge for you to teach, a task your students avoid, and if you and your kids are tired of Daily Oral Language exercises, Jeff Anderson’s book is for you! Teachers will be “hooked” just by reading the title of his first chapter: “Why Do My Students Hate Grammar and Editing?” Jeff’s premise is that rather than studying errors in poorly written texts, it makes more sense to share powerful writing, to next provide an “invitation to notice” how punctuation and grammar are used, and then to let students dabble with the techniques in their own writing. In this way, students learn about the mechanics of writing in a constructivist way.

Editing is often viewed as either the last stage of the writing process or taught in isolation. Jeff shares ten lesson sets with editing tips using mentor texts for intermediate and middle school writers. He asks students to notice, imitate, celebrate, collect, write, combine, edit, and extend their thinking as writers by studying writing samples and by looking closely at their own writing. Jeff keeps an eye out for exemplary sentences as he reads and often finds them in the first few pages of a text. He makes our teaching life easier by including examples of model sentences and passages so that the “just right“ companion pieces are at our fingertips. Jeff’s practical yet rigorous lesson ideas and delightful writing style will make you want to tuck this book next to the APA manual on your bookshelf.