Saturday, January 2, 2016

It's Time to Revise and Edit!

We're at the point where our students are beginning to write independently.  They are expressing their feelings and creating wonderful narratives, informative texts and opinions.  Often, we find ourselves asking our students, "Can you please go back and add capital letters to the beginning of each sentence or make sure you add punctuation marks at the end of each sentence."  How many times do our students go back to their desk and add a period to each line at the right margin of the page?  You can relate, right?

Well, this type of behavior happened often in my classroom until I started teaching the editing marks.  I modeled three times a week how to revise and edit a simple paragraph.  For first graders, I started using 4 editing marks: punctuation, capitalization, spacing and eliminate a letter or word within the sentence.  Using this technique, helped my students understand the meaning of a sentence and when it was right to add punctuation marks.         

Once your students get the routine of using the editing marks, they can practice what they learned by editing simple sentences during a literacy center.
Here are a few samples you try with your students.  

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