From Topic to Presentation: Making Choices to Develop Your Writing
Students need to learn how to revise their writing based on readers' feedback, but they rarely know how to make such decisions. This chapter teaches students how to make decisions about essay development and revision by modeling and explaining a writing teacher's decision-making process. Every semester, I ask my students for topic ideas and then write an essay for them. They provide feedback on the draft, and I revise it based on their comments. This chapter draws on one of the writing experiences. Students will see various stages of an in-progress essay that demonstrate and explain how student writers can employ these strategies in their own preliminary writing to presentation-quality writing.