One of the things that professors and teachers would tell me growing up was that I was a great writer. But I lacked discipline with my editing skills. And it’s true… I just find editing to be tedious and boring and not something I overly enjoy. So I understand when students mumble, groan and complain when you ask them to edit their work!! So let’s take about Fame Frames- Early Editing Incentive to get Grade 1s and every grade after being excited about editing their own work.
As usual, this is another teacher tipster trick that I picked up and have adored using in my classroom year after year!!
I’ve even found ways to incorporate it for the older grades. I’ll explain more below!!
Fame frames have got to be the coolest idea ever!! What you do is find photos of popular characters that your students love!! You take these photos and place them in plastic frames and place them in a cute bin or tub that is accessible to your students during their writing process!!
Rather than having your students come to you as the teacher as soon as they finish, they go grab a character from your fame frame bin!! They then read their story or writing piece to Santa, or Franklin the Turtle, or the How Do Dinosaurs, etc.
In doing so, students will learn to recognize and fix their own mistakes as they read through their stories. They can pick 5 or 6 different characters to read their story to so that they can fix their mistakes before you as the teacher get their story!!
It’s a great way to get students excited about the editing process early on.
But wait, you’re probably wondering how on earth you use this for older grades.
Well, the idea is relatively simple!!
Pick characters that your students are interested in at the grade level you teach. Rather have the students read to the character you up the anti of the editing process. They will need to become that character’s voice and persona and read their writing piece in character. The only time they can drop character is to fix their writing piece while editing. This is a barrel of laughs and a great way to get students focused on the mundane editing process!!
Want to try it out?? Well for my Early Learning (Pre-k to Grade. 3) teachers you can sign up below to gain access to book characters that I have placed digitally on 5 x 7 pictures.