How to use reading to teach editing

My top three strategies

Sustained silent reading/DIVA (Dive Into Vicarious Adventure) time to immerse kids in a self-chosen “word flood.” The point is for students to do what Krashen calls “extensive reading,” in order to develop a sense of how language is used in authentic situations. Extensive reading also helps students to develop a sense about how grammar works and how words are spelled, as Simmons points out.

Reading Like a Writer literature units and discussion. When my students and I discuss literature, we reflect on and analyze the elements of fiction: setting, plot, characters, conflict, theme, point of view, tone, etc. But we also consider why the author might have made the choices she or he made while writing the text, and what different choices we might have made had we been writing the piece ourselves. We apply the insights gained through these discussions during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), when we spend the month of November writing first drafts of original novels.

Read-aloud editing. I also frequently ask students to read their own writing aloud to themselves, in order to use their ear to help their eye. This technique is surprisingly effective in sensitizing student writers to the mistakes in their own writing, as often students tend to speak better than they write (at least grammatically speaking!)


One response to this post.

  1. Do they read their work out loud in the class itself or own their own? More time for class activities would be very helpful for you.


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