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Free Download: Writing Editing Checklist

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Now your students can make sure that they check everything when they are editing their work… no mistake gets left behind!

Often students think they have edited their work, but they can easily miss some of the most important aspects. Students use this checklist by cutting one out and sticking it into their books at the end of a piece of writing. They then tick each of the elements off when they have checked it and initial it when they have finished to indicate to you that they have carefully checked everything.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 2 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1672
Reread and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1683
Reread and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuation

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1695
Reread and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structure

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1705
Reread and edit student's own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1715
Reread and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices


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  • I really like this. Each of my senior pupils (we are a one-class school) will get one of these each time we start a new piece of writing. Once they’ve initialled it I shouldn’t be able to find any missing punctuation etc. (ha ha ha ha – you live in hope!)

    Comment by Karen Baird on September 11, 2014 at 12:44 am


    • I hope it helps Karen! We’ve actually just updated this resource to include ‘exclamation marks’.

      Comment by Teach Starter on November 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm


  • It is good that there are several copies on the same page. They don’t need to be large in size.

    Comment by ann christensen on November 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm


  • This is great. I got my Year 3’s using this as they edited their writing in the last few weeks. Thank you.

    Comment by Lisbeth McCoy on November 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm


  • These will be really useful during writing activities, especially for those children who regularly ‘forget’ to edit 🙂

    Comment by Sharon Ritchie on April 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm


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