Usually called "D.O.L." by most teachers I prefer the more understandable term "EDITING" which is a more accurate description of the skills learned that will TRANSFER to the student's own writing. (i.e. "Okay now do "editing" on your own paper with your own red pen first then we'll correct it together") They get it!
This makes EXCELLENT 'bell work' and do keep students learning while doing your usual pre-direct instruction routine. (attendance, collecting boxtops, or $ for WHATEVER myriad needs (from school pictures to fund raisers) also various forms that need collecting.
At first glance it may SEEM like a LOT to learn or EXPECT students to do on their own but they LOVE to go up and start making corrections themselves! I never am never short of students wanting to go up and find a mistake (and not just no first capital letter and or final period either.) Always a few are eager to be the first up.
When they learn that enough (rubber) stamps showing "good work" earn them prizes they students beg you to come check their work.
Using this program also ENSURES you hit many major language arts topics (the various uses of commas & other punctuation) in fact it spirals up through all the stringent California State L.A. Standards.
These lessons address the way 2nd graders REALLY WRITE and, as such, all problems should be addressed as slowly but SURELY master all the major grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules.
By the time they're done and I'm done with the usual morning chores and ready to quickly circulate & stamp.
Also the lines allow this to DOUBLE as a HANDWRITING lesson saving valuable class time by integrating curriculum.
I can attest after five years use of this seemingly "advanced" curriculum that nearly all students do RISE to the level of expectation. Such continued success is no fluke.
Commercially available curriculum is either too easy (more copying than correcting), or SOME commercial D.O.L. I've purchased in the past fails to address my ACTUAL students It does NOT suit my student's REAL needs.
It is very impressive to parents on that first-day-of-school that EVERYONE in my class is on TASK with this curriculum as soon as they find their seat... as I leave it out and open on their desk with me teaching editing marks and explaining 'This is how we'll always start our day.') Parents also leave more quickly seeing that their child is obviously well managed by a competent teacher.
You can either write this on the board and have students come up to board to make corrections. Or just write the next day's work on the overhead yourself in black overhead marker. I make transparencies to save time daily since they last forever (especially if kept in a several binder by trimester.)
All YOU need are student copies of this "book" printed 2 pages to a single double sided page(s).
I give students inexpensive red pens to help students make editing marks that stand out.
In summary I get MUCH solid teaching done in the first 45 minutes or so of school covering key topics and adding consistency to student's daily routine.
As the weeks progress you can see there are TWO pairs of editing sentences per day, the FIRST is REQUIRED and the 2nd that day is for "hotshots" (this is yet another thing to point to for parents who wish "a challenge" for their child)
This sample is free to see if you like the program and find it workable. The rest of the program (for weeks 9 -36) will come as one file but (with separators so you don't print it all at once - too bulky).
Try this program. It is powerful and it is free. See what kind of progress your students have made after 11 weeks. You will not be disappointed.
NOW with ANSWER KEY & TESTS!
Copyright 2010 Scott A. Beatty - You may download and reprint this for class or personal use. The license even allows you to share this unit for your grade level team at your school. It may not be reprinted other than as noted above or posted elsewhere on the Internet for free or for sale without the written consent of the author.
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