August 22, 2017
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By Maggie Knutson

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Polish to Publish

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Students will be able to use editing symbols and explain revision tools used in word processing.

(5 minutes)
  • Discuss: Why do writers revise?
  • Point out the purposes of revision: to ensure that writing is clear, concise, error-free, and well crafted.
  • Ask students: What tools do writers have to revise and polish their writing?
  • In the discussion, touch on both handwritten revision tools (editing symbols and peer readers) and word processing tools.
(20 minutes)
  • Focus on word processing tools first. Generate a list of tools that are used in software programs with which your students are familiar.
  • Distribute the worksheet Word Processing Basics.
  • Instruct students to work in partners or small groups to match the word processing tool with the explanation.
  • Review the correct answers and demonstrate use of each revision tool by projecting an electronic document, if possible. Explain how and why each tool is useful.
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute the worksheet Polishing practise 1.
  • Review the word processing symbols on the sheet.
  • Add any symbols that your class has used that are not on the sheet.
  • Go over the story as a class and model how to use the editing symbols to mark the errors.
(20 minutes)
  • Distribute the worksheet Polishing practise 2.
  • Review the instructions.
  • Instruct students to complete the editing activity on their own.
  • Go over editing errors and allow students to share story endings.
  • Support:Complete the first editing portion of Polishing practise 2 as class or in a small group.

  • Enrichment:Have students explore other editing symbols and word processing tools and share them with the class.
(5 minutes)
  • Write a sentence on the board that has several different kinds of errors.
  • Instruct students to copy the sentence and use editing symbols to make corrections.
(5 minutes)
  • Discuss: What is it like to read writing that has a lot of errors?
  • Discuss: If you received an important letter and it had a lot of errors, how would that affect the message in the letter?

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