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 persuasive letter text 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 brightly coloured 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 letters. Monitor and support the students as required.
Allow each pair to swap their persuasive letters 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’ 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