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Deborah Dean taught junior high and high school in Washington before beginning her work with preservice teachers at Brigham Young University. She always enjoyed teaching writing and helping her students discover themselves as writers.
Deborah says that she became a teacher because she wanted to share her passion for reading and writing. "I wanted to help students find abilities they didn't know they had and interests they might not investigate without me encouraging them in those interests."
She received her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University, her M.Ed. degree from City University (Seattle), and her Ed.D. degree from Seattle Pacific University.
She currently works with teachers and directs the Central Utah Writing Project.
Revision is often a confusing and difficult process for students, but it’s also the most important part of the writing process. If students leave our classrooms not knowing how to move a piece of writing forward, we’ve failed them. Revision Decisions: Talking Through Sentences and Beyond will help teachers develop the skills students need in an ever-evolving writing, language, and reading world. Jeff Anderson and Deborah Dean have written a book that engages writers in the tinkering, playing, and thinking that are essential to clarify and elevate writing.
Focusing on sentences, the authors use mentor texts to show the myriad possibilities that exist for revision. Essential to their process is the concept of classroom talk. Readers will be shown how revision lessons can be discussed in a generative way, and how each student can benefit from talking through the revision process as a group. Revision Decisions focuses on developing both the writing and the writer. The easy-to-follow lessons make clear and accessible the rigorous thinking and the challenging process of making writing work. Narratives, setup lessons, templates, and details about how to move students toward independence round out this essential book. Additionally, the authors weave the language, reading, and writing goals of the Common Core and other standards into an integrated and connected practice.
The noted language arts teacher James Britton once said that good writing “floats on a sea of talk.” Revision Decisions supports those genuine conversations we naturally have as readers and writers, leading the way to the essential goal of making meaning.
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