1st Edition

Patterns of Revision, Grade 4 Inviting 4th Graders into Conversations That Elevate Writing

By Whitney La Rocca, Jeff Anderson Copyright 2024

    How do we get fourth-grade writers to revise? And once we do get them thinking about revision, what, exactly, do they do? What do we do? In Patterns of Revision, best-selling authors Whitney La Rocca and Jeff Anderson answer these questions and more. This practical resource uses the research-proven and classroom-tested methods of sentence combining in a meaningful, engaging way that supports authentic writing as well as writing for performance-based or multiple-choice tests.

    Flip the book open to immediately find:

    • The DRAFT mnemonic to help students know where to begin the revision process and how to keep going
    • Concrete, doable lessons that spark academic conversations (oral rehearsal and play) about meaning, effect, and purpose that are grounded in a student-centered revision approach
    • Easily accessed display and printable pages to seamlessly support student revision learning, embedded in each lesson right where you need it
    • Authentic and engaging model text excerpts curated to support each lesson
    • An engaging process for revision instruction that can be immediately implemented to support any writing approach or as a supplemental resource for Patterns of Power, 1-5 as well as Patterns of Power Plus, Grade 4

    With every lesson grounded in the critical strategy of writers talking out their revisions, Patterns of Revision will establish routines, practices, and mindsets to set up you and your students for success from Day 1. Discover the joy inherent in writing—and writing instruction—by exploring revision through engaging inquiry and the study of models, building flexible, competent revisors, step-by-step, in an open-ended discussion of meaning-driven revision choices and their effects.

    Part 1: Exploring Patterns of Revision in Bite-Sized Chunks Chapter 1: Invitation to Delete Unnecessary Information Chapter 2: Invitation to Rearrange Chapter 3: Invitation to Add Connectors Part 2: Revision Through Sentence Combining Putting Draft Together Chapter 4: Invitation to Combine  Conclusion: Living in a Revision Mindset


    WHITNEY LA ROCCA, with over twenty years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts. With a deep knowledge of content, standards, and best practices, Whitney enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers to support children as they develop their identities in the world of literacy. She continues to learn from children each day.

    For over thirty years, JEFF ANDERSON has inspired writers and teachers with the power and joy of writing and grammar. He has written sixteen books for Stenhouse Publishers, including the ground-breaking classic Mechanically Inclined. He lives near downtown San Antonio with his partner and their rescue pup.