With middle schoolers, you must keep them moving. We just finished a short story, and I wanted them to edit their story's dialogue and paragraphs.
In this process, the students will reieve a card that describes the directions and then five cards including the following tasks:
Color Code Sensory Imagery
Dialogue Punctuation - New speaker rules
Dialogue Punctuation - Quotation Marks
Dialogue Punctuation - Use of commas and period in quotations
When to Switch or Indent Paragraphs - Rule of Thumb
When the students finish, they are required to make their own edits.