Revising Writing

Don't kids just love revising their writing?  Um, not.  They give this, "Seriously, lady? I just finished writing this--I'm over it" kind of face.

This year I focused my mentor sentences during the first grading period on parts of speech and using that to improve writing.  We worked on identifying nouns so that we could add adjectives to be more descriptive.  That sort of thing.  I wanted to give them more support during the revising stage so all that doesn't slip away as move into more of a punctuation/grammar phase.

In our writers' workshop, we've also worked on word choice, showing not telling, visualizing, rearranging sentences, and adding some pep.  Whew.  That's a lot for eight and nine year olds to remember.

Here's my solution.  What do you think?

I have two sets ready to go for each basket waiting for us to revise our latest story. I can't wait for the kids to use them.

I got this great idea after reading this post by Stephanie over at 3rd Grade Thoughts.

She has a really great nonfiction pack for sale in her store.  Which I bought.  Anyway, Stephanie shared how she took the nonfiction posters in her pack and printed several sets of them in a smaller format.  Then she put a ring in each and put them at each table in her classroom, so the kids always had the information close by when they needed it.

Genius!!!  Visit her blog for a tutorial on making the posters you've purchased or made streeeeeetch even farther.  So smart.

I got to thinking about ways I wanted to use that idea in my classroom.  As I was writing my lesson plans and penciling in revising our latest story, a light bulb went off.

I think it will be very helpful for a lot of my kids.  Hopefully, between these two sets, they'll have something that moves them in a positive direction with revising.  These are in my TPT store here and here now, but I'll e-mail a complete set to the first three people that leave a comment.

What about you?  Got any great revising tips?


  1. I love that idea! :) and the cards are so cute. Revising is so hard for my kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Those are super cool! and I love Stephanie as well!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  3. Megan--Fabulous idea! My friend Julie is going to love seeing her clip[ art kids used in such a cute way--I'm sending her a link :)

  4. I love this idea! Cute and practical - love it! On my way to TpT now!

    We spend a LOT of time working on grammar and discussing all 8 parts of speech. My kiddos get them confused frequently. If you had a product exactly like this but with separate cards for adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections, I would be your first buyer!!!!!!

    I stumbled upon your blog and I am loving it!! I am new to blogging but I love the outlet and I am hoping to keep it going. If you ever are bored and want a new blog to read (as if there aren't enough out there already!) feel free to head on over to my humble beginning of a blog :)

    Thanks, again!

    Kelly @ KooncesCorner

    1. Just realized I forgot to add the link! Ha! I am such a beginner!!!


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  5. Loving them for writing!! Brilliant ida!!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  6. Thanks for the shout-out, my friend!! Don't you just LOVE shrinking down posters now? I am officially obsessed ;) So glad the NF Pack is helping and I am off to check out your new units- my kids can never get enough revision lessons :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  7. Love this idea! My 2nd grade kiddos have a really hard time with revision.

  8. These are simply awesome! Makes me wish that I still taught writing to be able to use them!

  9. First, I love your pink glitter behind your blog banner..adds that extra bling!

    This resource is exactly what kiddos need at their fingertips, thanks for creating it.


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