This is the third in a set of three, Editing and Word Processing Activities. The first set of Editing and Word Processing Activities was a story about going to the beach. The second set was about a rescue dog named, Buckley, who finds his forever home. In the third set, the story of Buckley continues with Buckley going to obedience class. There are five word documents for students to edit in this third series. An answer key is included.
These editing activities can be used in three ways.
1. Print a hard copy of the paragraphs for editing in class
2. Load the files to individual computers to practice word processing skills. (Note: If you save the files for the students as “Read Only” files, the students can close the document and start over if they make too many mistakes.)
3. Print a hard copy to first edit in class and then to edit on the computer.
Teaching students how to use editing marks works well with these activities. Intentionally, each paragraph is almost identical but the errors are different in each paragraph. The repeated reading of similar paragraphs allows students to build confidence as they practice editing and word processing skills.
Students will practice the following editing skills:
-First word in the sentence
-Beginning of a quotation
-Personal and professional titles
-Important words in the title
• Spell check
• Tab key to indent
-First word of the paragraph
-When the speaker changes when using quotation marks
• Inserting quotations marks around the spoken words in sentences
• Inserting commas
-Appositive phrases-Example: Dr. Campbell gave his dog, Jake,
-Words in a series- Example: Mary, Jane, Alice, and Avi came to
For the early finisher students, at the end of each paragraph, there is a link to an online typing game to practice keyboarding.
Buckley, the dog, offers editing advice and encouragement at the end of each document. The quotes are presented in bubble form with a picture of Buckley and written as a quotation under each picture.