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Teaching Nonfiction Revision: A Professional Writer Shares Strategies, Tips, and Lessons

Teaching Nonfiction Revision: A Professional Writer Shares Strategies, Tips, and Lessons

by Sneed B. Collard III, Vicki Spandel


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What happens when a bestselling nonfiction children's book author pairs up with a nationally known writing teacher to discuss revision strategies? Magic.

Sneed B. Collard III and Vicki Spandel blow the roof off everything you thought you knew about teaching nonfiction writing and the purposes for revision. Dozens of strategy lessons pulled from Sneed's professional writing experience followed by Vicki's classroom-savvy tips and exercises give you the nuts and bolts of teaching revision to make nonfiction writing more meaningful, useful, and enjoyable for the reader.

Using a "big-to-small" process of revision, from Big Picture ideas down to individual words, Sneed and Vicki demystify revision and help students become clear, persuasive, compelling-even entertaining-writers. "With your encouragement and guidance," they write, "students will discover the joy of turning their first rough ideas into something readers cannot put down."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325087771
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/21/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 510,984
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

One of today's favorite nonfiction children's authors, Sneed B. Collard III has written more than 80 books, ranging from captivating picture books to middle-grade novels to award-winning science books. He is the 2006 recipient of the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work. Sneed is a popular speaker and has done author visits at more than 600 schools. He also gives professional development workshops such as his all-day teacher training, "Building Nonfiction Writers." To learn more about Sneed, his books, and speaking activities, visit

Vicki Spandel has spent her professional life working with students and teachers of writing - as a classroom instructor, online writing coach, journalist, editor, technical writer, and curriculum developer. She is the author of multiple books on writing, including Creating Writers, Creating Young Writers, and The 9 Rights of Every Writer. Visit Vicki online at to see writing lessons based on contemporary literature.

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