Editing Practice – corrects and improvements – explicit skills

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Do your students struggle to edit their own work? I know my students have difficulty identifying their errors in their own writing and completely read over issues with meaning, spelling, and punctuation.

To provide them with practice I developed these depersonalized editing activities. I had trouble finding anything similar, where students could practise their editing skills.

We teach writing by text type at my school and I often find we don’t plan to teach specific writing skills. It can be easy to gloss over core writing skills when you’re focusing on text type or through a whole language approach.


How to use

I have used these sheets in a variety of different ways. The most effective way was giving students 2 or 3 lines (of sentences with mistakes) as a quick tune into a writing lesson. They only take 5 to 10 minutes for students to complete, and then the discussion afterwards is INVALUABLE! For example…

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Students love completing the strips, especially as a quick tune-in activity, as they almost always find success and develop the confidence to spot these errors – without taking it personally!

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Or you can focus in on a particular editing aspect, like the capitalization focus included in the Editing Task Cards and Worksheets Pack.

Focuses included in the Editing Task Cards and Worksheets Pack are:

  • Capitals
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Homophones
  • Tense



Find the editing resources here!

Editing Practice – corrections and improvements

Editing Task Cards and Worksheets