Editing Your Work


English Language Arts Grade 4 The Writing Process
Students learn to identify and edit sentence fragments and run-ons. Next they develop an editing checklist. Finally, they edit an excerpt.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn to identify and edit sentence fragments and run-ons. Next they develop an editing checklist. Finally, they edit an excerpt.

Students will collaborate in small groups for Scene 3.

Note that additional rules are covered in the experiences Capitalization and Punctuation and Spelling Tricks.

Objectives

  • Identify and edit sentence fragments and run-ons.
  • Develop and apply an editorial checklist.

Duration

One class period.


Writing is a process. After you have written and revised your text, the next step is to edit your text to fix any errors. In this experience, you will learn what to look for during editing.

Objectives

  • Identify and edit sentence fragments and run-ons.
  • Develop and apply an editorial checklist.


edited text, with the misspelled word “you’re” circled in red

Look at this list of sentences. They are all in need of editing! 


  1. She saw a puppy and a kitten on the way to the park.
  2. We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!
  3. I found my missing notebook cleaning my room.
  4. I love my parents, Harry Potter and Taylor Swift.
  5. Mom packed sandwiches for the children in paper bags.
  6. Illegally parked cars will be fine.


Choose one and explain what it says as it is written. Then explain how it can be edited to express the author’s intended meaning.

Post your answer

Help the students see that misplaced modifiers or incorrect punctuation can alter the meaning of a sentence, sometimes with comic effect.

Sample answers:

  1. Literal meaning: The girl saw two animals who were walking to the park.
    Rewrite: On her way to the park, she saw a puppy and a kitten.
  2. Literal meaning: Today’s lesson is cutting kids and pasting them.
    Rewrite: We’re going to learn to cut and paste, kids!
  3. Literal meaning: The notebook that I lost was in my room cleaning it for me.
    Rewrite: When I cleaned my room, I found my missing notebook.
  4. Literal meaning: Harry Potter and Taylor Swift are my parents, and I love them.
    Rewrite: I love my parents, Harry Potter, and Taylor Swift.
  5. Literal meaning: The kids are in paper bags and Mom packed sandwiches for them.
    Rewrite: Mom packed sandwiches in paper bags and gave them to the children.
  6. Literal meaning: It’s OK for cars to be illegally parked.
    Rewrite: Illegally parked cars will be fined/charged a fee.


Now you have seen the importance of editing your work to ensure that there are no errors!


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