DigiLit Sunday: The Fractured Tale of Drafting and Revision

Today, I’m linking up with Margaret Simon @ Reflection on the Teche DigiLit Sunday posts. The following fantasy was born out of this week’s topic: drafting and revision.slide11

Once upon a time lived a teacher that wanted to learn to write.
She went to a great city to learn from the wisest writing teachers in the land.
There she discovered the writing process where children and adults could find the magic of writing.

We were to
Gather ideas in notebooks
Choose the favored one
Draft “long and strong” on yellow legal paper
Revise with more paper
Edit using magical purple pens to rid the story of imperfection
Publish on new white sheets of paper and share with classmates and parents at a great Celebration. 

Years passed and the writing process lived in the teacher’s classroom.  Large and sticky paper adorned classroom walls. But there was one big problem. No child ever wanted to revise. It was too painful. Colorful pens called Flair were found to help the children, and that worked for a while. Still, students reviled revision and started to hate writing.

Saddened the teacher went to the great city to find an answer. She looked for ways to make revision magical, to help children re-see their work. She tried and tried, yet the process was still painful, and writing was not loved.

One day, try as she might, the teacher could not go to the great city. To allay her sorrow, she ventured to the internet and the world of Twitter. There she found many of her kind and the great teachers from the great city. She learned the language of “tweets” that led to “links” when clicked, revealed magical stories called “blogs.”  She loved those blogs and dared to create one of her own. She found other teachers who were looking for solutions, and they journeyed together on the internet, and they became dear friends.

She spent that summer reading, tweeting, blogging, and imagining a classroom where children could blog and share their thinking with others in classrooms in far off lands.

She returned to school with this dream in her heart and found iPads purchased years before for another idea.  She brought one home, played with it and found a safe place for kids to blog called Kidblog. There she found other classrooms like hers. Children started blogging and like their teacher, they loved it. The teacher hoped this would help revision. But sadly, this was not the answer for all students. Many still found it difficult to go back and re-see their writing. They just wanted to share.

A few years passed and the school grew. Technology was improved. Chromebooks and emails that the teacher had wished for appeared. The teacher wondered could students draft and then revise on Google Docs?  It was frightening to let go of the paper, but maybe, she thought, revision would be easier.

So one day, when there were enough devices, the teacher said to the students, let’s draft on Google Docs. The quiet hum that followed was a sound the teacher had not heard before. At the end of workshop, the children begged for more time.

The next day the dreaded revision lesson happened, and children clamored to revise.  At the end of workshop, students asked for more.

It appeared the pain and suffering of revision were vanquished.Better still, the teacher found revising while drafting happened.

The teacher and students celebrated and wrote on.

And drafting and revision lived happily ever after.

 

8 thoughts on “DigiLit Sunday: The Fractured Tale of Drafting and Revision

  1. Julieanne,
    Love this . . .
    “The teacher wondered could students draft and then revise on Google Docs? It was frightening to let go of the paper, but maybe, she thought, revision would be easier.”

    Your thirst for knowledge and a better way always pays off for your students. Doesn’t mean it’s perfect but if it allows some forward progress, you are on the right path!!!

  2. Lovely story. But I do feel compelled to advise you that the past tense of the verb you wish to use is time “passed,” not time “past.” Because you made the same error twice I felt compelled to point it out. I would hope others would do the same for me, as we are all lifelong learners, aren’t we?

  3. Digital tools has changed students’ attitudes about writing and revision in my world too. The new opportunities afforded to students through technology and connecting with others are huge. I enjoyed the way you wrote this post. đŸ˜„

  4. You have certainly embraced your creativity with this post. As others have said, I commend your constant compass to making things better for your students.

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