COPS: An Editing Strategy for Writing

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COPS is a simple way to teach students how to independently edit their writing. In my classroom, students first used it to check their dictation sentences on spelling tests. However, they enjoyed it so much (and it was so easy) that we began using it when editing all of our writing assignments.

COPS stands for:

C – Capitalization. Students first go through and check the beginning of sentences, proper nouns, titles, the word “I”, etc. for capital letters.

O – Organization. Students read through their sentences and ask themselves if their words are in the correct order, if sentences make sense, if their work is organized and if their work looks neat overall.

P – Punctuation. Of course, each sentence needs an end mark, but students also check for commas, apostrophes, and other “special” marks.

S – Spelling. Students look over each word and make sure it is spelled correctly. They use their tools for help when needed.

This resource includes:

1. Teacher directions. Two pages of notes detailing the four steps and suggestions for use.

2. Posters. Five posters to hang in the room that list each step. Also can be copied and given to students to keep in their binders or notebooks.

3. Bookmarks. Copy and laminate for students to use as a resource all year long.

4. Checklists. Students complete and attach to drafts when they are ready to publish their work.

5. Slow Down! Tickets. Attach to student work that clearly hasn’t been edited! A great way to get students’ attention and encourage them to slow down!

This product was designed to support my other spelling resources:

Spelling Fluency Toolkit

Just like in reading, students use fluency practice to improve their spelling. Hands down, the best tool I’ve found to increase students’ automaticity and see transfer to their writing. Students work in partnerships on “No Excuse” words each week and chart their progress, which helps promote ownership and success. Includes everything you need to start fluency practices in your room.

My Spelling Dictionary for K-2 Students

“My Spelling Dictionary” is the go-to reference for K-2 students. It replaces the need for bulky children’s dictionaries and saves you from repeating the spelling of the same word over and over… and over again. The pages include all five levels of most used sight words. Students interact with the dictionary throughout the year by adding lesson and other important words as they are learned.

My Spelling Dictionary for Upper Elementary Students

Includes most of the sight words that are appropriate for grades three – six and nineteen theme based lists.

**Spelling Resources Bundle

Purchase all four in a money saving bundle!


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