A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
- Choose a slide from the Editing Passages PowerPoint - Year 3 or the Editing Passages PowerPoint - Year 4 to display on the board. Ask the students to rewrite the chosen passage correctly in their workbooks.
- Display and discuss the answer slide for the selected passage. Ask the students:
- What strategies did you use when trying to find the incorrect spellings and missing punctuation?
- What else might you need to look for when proofreading and editing your own writing?
- Why is proofreading and editing your own writing so important?
- Explain to the students that they are going to proofread and edit the informative text that they wrote in the previous lesson.
- Discuss some editing strategies with the students (these could be recorded into workbooks for future reference). These might include:
- using a checklist for text structure and language features
- reading the text aloud to see if it sounds correct when spoken
- using common symbols when proofreading to make editing easier e.g. underlining all incorrect spellings
- using a bright pen or pencil when proofreading to ensure editing symbols stand out
- addressing one aspect of writing at a time, rather than concurrently e.g. looking for punctuation errors, then spelling errors, then grammatical errors.
- In their writing pairs, allow the students time to thoroughly proofread and edit their informative texts. Monitor and support the students as required.
- Allow each pair to swap their informative texts with another pair. After reading the text, each pair is to provide feedback using the 'Three Stars and A Wish' technique (three positives and one suggestion for improvement). Teachers may wish to collect the students' informative texts in order to informally monitor student progress.
- Allow fast finishers to write an editing passage for the class containing a certain number of spelling and punctuation errors.
- Allow students who find reading and writing challenging to work with a partner during the editing activity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
- used strategic whole class or individual questioning
- observed student participation during learning activities
- recorded student progress on a checklist
- annotated student work samples
- collected and reviewed student work samples
- facilitated whole class or peer feedback sessions
- encouraged student self-reflection
- administered formal assessment tasks.
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