1.The punctuation editing chart is a four-page chart for students to use during the editing process. Included are rules for the following punctuation marks: comma, period, semicolon, apostrophe, quotation marks, colon, italics or underlining, hyphen, end punctuation, brackets, slash, ellipsis, dash, and parentheses. The document also includes an essay to edit and the answer key for the essay. Use the essay to introduce the Punctuation Editing Chart to your students.
2. At the beginning of the school year, give this chart to students to keep in their notebooks or staple in their writing folders. 3. Review the rules with your students. Of course, you will continue to review the rules throughout the year as needed.
4. Using the Punctuation Editing Chart, edit the first few paragraphs of students' revised papers. (You must be the judge of how much you edit.) I write the code from the Punctuation Editing Chart above the place where the correct punctuation should go. If your students are more advanced, you may want to write the code in the margin of the line where the punctuation is needed and let them determine where the punctuation should go.
5. With each paper, you will edit less, and your students will edit more. REQUIRE students to use the codes. As they constantly refer to the chart, they will learn the rules.
6. When students write paragraphs or essays, they refer to the Punctuation Editing Chart as they edit their papers. Above each punctuation mark on their papers, students must record the code for the rule. (Students should double space their papers whether typed or handwritten so that they will have room to record the rule above the punctuation marks.)You will note that I have the rules on the answer key in 18-point boldface font for your convenience; emphasize to students to write the rules above the punctuation marks.
7. Require students to use the chart. Make it part of their essay grade. By using this chart daily, students will become familiar with punctuation rules because they will review them every time they edit. In learning, repetition is the key.
8. Since some standardized tests include an editing section, students will actually prepare for this portion of the test throughout the year as they use these rules.
9. If you have grammar/writing books, you may want students to practice the punctuation rules with some of the exercises individually, with a partner, or in small groups. If students work in groups, you may want groups to put their edited paragraphs or essays on an overhead, a SMARTBoard, or a chalkboard/whiteboard and discuss the edited pieces as a class with students leading the discussion.
10. We learn by repetition. Think how much your students will learn by using this chart.
11. On the free preview download, I've included part of the article at the bottom of the page. When you buy the product, the answer key and original for the student appear on separate pages for your convenience.
12. This product is copyrighted and is intended for one teacher to use for each of his or her classes only.
NOTE: I've included a copy of these instructions for your convenience.