1st Edition

Everyday Editing Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer's Workshop

By Jeff Anderson Copyright 2007

    Editing is often seen as one item on a list of steps in the writing process, usually put somewhere near the end, and often completely crowded out of writer' s workshop. Too many times daily editing lessons happen in a vacuum, with no relationship to what students are writing. In Everyday Editing , Jeff Anderson asks teachers to reflect on what sort of message this approach sends to students. Does it tell them that editing and revision are meaningful parts of the writing process, or just a hunt for errors with a 50/50 chance of getting it right,comma or no comma? Instead of rehearsing errors and drilling students on what' s wrong with a sentence, Jeff invites students to look carefully at their writing along with mentor texts, and to think about how punctuation, grammar, and style can be best used to hone and communicate meaning. Written in Jeff' s characteristically witty style, this refreshing and practical guide offers an overview of his approach to editing within the writing workshop as well as ten detailed sets of lessons covering everything from apostrophes to serial commas. These lessons can be used throughout the year to replace Daily Oral Language or error-based editing strategies with a more effective method for improving student writing.

    Introduction; Part I: What Is Everyday Editing?; Chapter 1: What Is Editing Instruction?; Chapter 2: Why Invite Students into an Editing Process?; Chapter 3: What Do Editing Invitations Look Like in the Classroom?; Part II: Everyday Editing Invitations: 10 Lesson Sets; Serial Comma 1: Did You Make the List? Teaching the Serial Comma; Colons 2: Here It Comes: Teaching Colons; Capitalization 3: Capitalize on This: Teaching Capitalization; Apostrophes 4: Possession or Contraction— You Be the Judge: Teaching Apostrophes; Simple Sentences 5: Is It or Isn't It? Teaching Simple Sentences; Verb Choice 6: To Be or Not to Be: Teaching Verb Choice; 7: Let's Make It an Appositive Experience: Teaching Appositives; 8: Give Me a Break: Teaching Paragraphs; 9: Do We Have Chemistry? Teaching Compound Sentences; 10: What's Up? Teaching Dialogue; An Invitation for You: Keep the Conversation Flowing


    For the past 25 years, Jeff has worked with writers and teachers of grades, K-12, inspiring them about the power and joy of the writing process. He has written four books for Stenhouse Publishers: Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know and his latest book with Dr. Deborah Dean of BYU Revision Decisions: Talking Through Sentences and Beyond (November 2014). He also has two middle grade novels, Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth (Sterling, 2015) and Zack Delacruz: Just My Luck (Sterling, October 2016). Jeff grew up in Austin, where he learned to love writing through journaling, a bit of positive reinforcement, and writing stories and dramas to entertain his friends on the phone. He wanted to become a teacher early on, but his parents tried to convince him otherwise. They wanted me to make more money. During an internship visit to a local elementary classroom, he made up his mind. When I saw those curious eyes, kids raising their hands, asking questions, I lost all track of time and from that moment on, I was a teacher. I want to create environments that feel safe for learners at the elementary, middle, and university levels and during professional development for teachers. Working together we figure out things, surprise each other, find our strengths, and experience the joy it is to be a learner and teacher. We are students and teachers to each other. Jeff specializes in writing, revision, and grammar. I love the ability to spark curiosity and creativity and to support students in finding their voices. That's pure joy. When it comes to his own professional development, he wants to explore things that have meaning to him in the classroom. I want to find out things I didn't know, be affirmed or reminded of what I do know, and be energized by thinking and action, reflection and application. Since that's what I want, that's what I give teachers. Something they can take, shape, and make their own. Something they can use right now. Jeff's first book Mechanically Inclined, came to life from what he didn't know and what he needed to know. I read, tried things out, played in my head and in my classroom, and read some more, permutating and refining. I thought about what worked and what didn't, as well as what sound pedagogical principles are used in other disciplines. His other books also came from his work in his own classrooms and those across the United States. The invitational process Everyday Editing is built around was first shared in workshops until teachers wanted another book on grammar. 10 Things was Jeff's chance to share what his experience had taught him are the essential things every writer needs to know and be able to do. In his first collaboration, Jeff and Debbie came together to tackle a sentence combining and its larger effects on revision and writing. In his free time, Jeff walks his dogs Carl and Paisley or sits on the deck with his partner Terry. When he's not doing that he reads middle grade novels and his new addiction is nonfiction.

    "The genius of Anderson's book is in demonstrating how to restructure lessons into student-centered inquiries." - Teacher Learners Network
    "An incredible journey that virtually electrifies editing instruction. Don’t miss this book." - Six Traits Gurus blog