Revision Process and Practice: A Kindergarten Experience
Readers may look at Bridget’s drawing (see Fig. 1) and have no trouble whatsoever ascribing it to a kindergartner. It has qualities and features we would expect to see from a first effort at drawing a bird: it is basic in its form, has few details, and appears to be hastily drawn. However, as Denny explains, children make deliberate decisions about their visual drafting; they understand that when they draft an image several times, it gets easier and they get better at drawing the image they wanted.
In this kindergarten class, children engaged in a yearlong study of birds. As a culminating project, they produced a minimum of four drafts of scientific drawings of birds, specifically owls. Bridget’s drafts are representative of how their drawings became more detailed and sophisticated (see Fig. 2).
Chase, Maggie. (2012). "Revision Process and Practice: A Kindergarten Experience". Language Arts, 89(3), 166-178.
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