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Citation: Angelillo, Janet. (2005). Making Revision Matter: Strategies for Guiding Students to Focus, Organize, and Strengthen Their Writing Independently. New York, NY: Scholastic.


Title: Making Revision Matter: Strategies for Guiding Students to Focus, Organize, and Strengthen Their Writing Independently
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Year: 2005
Publisher: Scholastic
City: New York, NY
Medium: Book
Author(s): Angelillo, Janet
Grades: Third Grade to Eighth Grade
Category: Units of Study for Writing Mentor Authors and Illustrators and Mentor Texts Revision Teaching the Writing Process Minilessons
Annotation: Janet Angellillo firmly believes “that many children resist revising their writing because they can’t see where their writing needs work, and when they can see where it needs work, they don’t know how to improve it.” (p. 13). As an intermediate writing teacher, if you struggle to get your students to revise, Janet offers rich, yet practical ideas and tackles some of toughest challenges of teaching revision. She states, “Teaching children to revise their writing is a model for teaching them to live: it teaches them to take a revisionist stance in everything they do, to expect and embrace change, and to position themselves to assess and solve problems in their world” (p. 9). Her expertise shines as she gives specific plans to match to your students’ assessed needs.

In almost all classrooms, the first unit of study is one about launching the writing workshop. Janet is adamant that within this first unit we need to get our students into the habit of revision and then carry it throughout all the rest of the yearly units. Units that she discusses in separate chapters include:
• Reading like a writer and studying mentor authors
• Studying story elements and mentor authors to revise fiction
• Studying mentor authors to revise nonfiction
But she also proclaims that our units should not only be genre based but also craft based. Therefore, one of the units might be a unit on revision as a stand alone.

Making Revision Matter is filled with mentor text title suggestions, rubrics for evaluation of student revision, revision strategies and their rationale for a variety of writing needs, crafting strategies gleamed from a variety of mentor texts, day by day lesson plans from classroom teachers, revision strategies for the word level as well as the sentence level, and strategies to focus on revision rather than editing of punctuation and grammar. Janet includes a yearlong plan for a writing curriculum in which revision strategies are staggered throughout the year.

The appendix is divided is filled with a number of supports. Some are for administrators and coaches in understanding the type of professional development that might be needed as well as curriculum maps and assessment rubrics. Also, a number of graphic organizers to support students in the act of revision are included.