Are you tired of grading papers that are full of mistakes the students could have and SHOULD have corrected on their own? Do you want to teach the important skills of editing and revision in a concrete format? I created these checklists to use for those very purposes in my own classroom.
I teach my students to include the same basic elements across the different types of writing. We include a topic sentence, 3 details, and a conclusion in all of our formal writing. This narrative form of a five-sentence paragraph is our third unit, after basic paragraph format and informative/explanatory format.
Included in this product:
First, there is a checklist with more detailed descriptions of the expectations (see the Product Preview).
Second, I simplified the expectations for the earlier readers. My less eager readers can get overwhelmed by all of the words, so I underlined the most important words and cut as many words as possible (see Product Thumbnails).
Both versions of the checklist are included in black and white (for easy copying) and color (especially good for those who plan to make a class set and laminate them to use over and over with a dry erase marker).
Both versions are designed and included for the writer, one partner (peer editor), two partners (peer editors), and as a rubric for the teacher's assessment. My students appreciate knowing exactly how the teacher will grade them and being able to ensure they can get a great score.
These checklists include checking that all five parts (introduction, 3 details, and conclusion) are included, as well as aspects such as capitalization, punctuation, indentation, complete sentences, proper spelling, and more!