I’m a teacher with 20+ years’ experience, who created these Revision and Editing Cards to give students practice for the revising and editing portion of the 4th grade STAAR Writing Test. With 60% of the STAAR Writing Test score coming from the revision and editing portion, I decided to be proactive and create something that would help my students be successful with revising and editing. After carefully analyzing the released 2013 and 2014 fourth grade Writing STAAR question stems, as well as studying repeated errors in my own students’ writing, I deliberately chose to use short paragraphs for student practice. I felt this would be less likely to overwhelm the students, and teachers could use the practices either as a mini lesson, an individual practice, or a post assessment. I have included the specific skill focus on each card on the answer page.
I know that these practices helped my students prepare and have success on the STAAR Writing Test. This past year we went up over 50% on the passing rate on the revision and editing portion! Hurray! I hope that these cards will be as useful to you as they were for me and my 4th grade team.