This document allows students to focus on several key writing areas to edit and revise their own paper, and it also allows a peer to edit and revise their paper.
There is such a huge emphasis on writing in the 4th grade and students who can search for errors and look for ways to better their writing papers will have greater success in writing and on STAAR.
With this checklist, a student will first go through each checklist item looking for that particular trait in their paper and the potential errors in this field. As they focus on these elements they will correct their errors. It also asks the students to think further about more details that need to be added to the paper. Once the student has gone through the checklist on their own paper, they can then share their checklist and their paper with a peer, for them to them examine it for errors and potential changes.
This document, allows the teacher to change the writing elements on the checklist to fit the specific writing elements that are being focused on in the classroom.
This shifts the power from the teacher finding and directing changes in the students writing to students taking ownership of their own writing!