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…
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!
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: