Unique idea for editing practice that will capture student interest. The passages are reviews of adventure, mystery and fantasy books for middle school that are related to winter. 12 passages to improve student editing skills, teach punctuation rules in context, and introduce students to new books. Answer keys include a few grammar rules that apply to the corrected passages.
Ice dragons, blizzards, ghosts from Norse myths, a snowy dystopian world, December in Victorian London and more. Authors include Gary Paulsen, Will Hobbs, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett--and Lone Alaskan Gypsy.
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 for independent classwork, editing or grammar mini-lessons, or homework. Teacher ideas for use and evaluation are included.
All punctuation marks have been omitted for 6th to 8th graders to provide commas, apostrophes, capitals, end marks, and more, covering 36 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 22 page packet includes:
--chart of basic proofreading marks and an edited sample passage for a model
--12 passages to edit, two passages per page (see the thumbnail and a sample in the Preview)
-- answer key with corrected passages and several applicable grammar rules for each passage (See the thumbnail and a sample in the Preview)
--an Editing Improvement Log: a 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.
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