Resources to Help Check Writing Conventions
Writing A-Z provides students with Editing Guides to check writing conventions, such as capitalization, punctuation, spelling, or sentence structure. Conventions focus young writers on the details that make their writing ready for publishing and help readers better understand it. Editing Guides apply to any piece of writing no matter the text type. Separate guides are provided for students at four developmental writing levels to improve their drafts.
Why Use Editing Guides
Editing Guides familiarize students with basic, intermediate, and advanced copyediting marks that are commonly used when editing a writing draft. Students learn to correct for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and word or sentence order in their writing.
Editing marks provided within each guide vary by developmental writing level, but not by text type. Editing Guides can be used across any text type because the mechanics that students should look for at each level do not vary by text type.
How To Use Editing Guides
Traits of good writing directly addressed in the editing guides include conventions and sentence fluency. Print copies of the Editing Guide appropriate to your students' levels and ask them to use it to improve their writing during the editing step of the writing process.
Consider enlarging and displaying a copy of the appropriate Editing Guide(s) in your classroom as reference for students.
You might also pair up fluent students to use the Editing Guides to review each other's writing during the editing step of the writing process.