Unique idea for editing practice that will capture student interest! The passages are reviews of 4-star titles related to coping with the various ups and downs of school. A dozen passages to improve student editing skills, teach punctuation rules in context, and introduce students to new books. Many are laugh out loud hilarious and all deal with relevant issues for tweens, from starting at a new school to bullies.
Great for using one at a time for warm-ups (bell work), for exit slips, or for task cards (cut in half for a center, partners/groups, or early finishers). Perfect for a quick assessment of grammar skills. Use the whole packet (3 pages front to back) for independent classwork, editing or grammar mini-lessons, or homework. Teacher ideas included.
All punctuation marks have been omitted for 4th to 8th graders to provide commas, apostrophes, capitals, end marks, and more, covering 25 rules. Students are challenged to decide where it makes sense to place a period. Common spelling errors (a lot, their/there/they're, too/to/two) are also included.
The complete 24 page packet includes:
--chart of basic proofreading marks and an edited sample passage (see the thumbnail and Preview for a full page sample)
--12 passages to edit, two task cards per page (see the thumbnail, list of titles and a sample in the Preview)
-- answer key with corrected passages, 1-3 applicable grammar rules for each passage (See the thumbnail and a sample in the Preview)
--an Editing Improvement Log; 2 pg chart for students to record the types of errors they make (comma, capital letter, etc.) and the applicable rule; helpful to increase awareness of frequent errors and to reinforce rules
-- a "Sounds Good" general handout for students to make note of any titles they hear about (via this activity or any other source) and would like to check out
--tips for the teacher with options for using and evaluating the passages
--list of Common Core Standards: Meets Language/ELA Literacy.1 and .2 and Writing/ELA Literacy W.5 for 4-8.
See the Preview for a list of the titles. Some have 'middle school' in the titles, but all are recommended for ages 8-12. Check for the interest level of your students! Examples are Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja, James Patterson's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, and Wonder.
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