It’s Day 8 of my writing challenge and today’s topics are Conventions and Editing. When I first approach the idea of conventions and editing I give no directions at the beginning of our workshop time, instead I hand out little papers that have a message like this:
i went u two git yr ritng fldrs otu and B rdy 4 ritrs
wrkship tat wnt B a prlbm wil ti tink u 4 yr copr8shun
we shld B rdy sion R u hvng trbl rdng mi not i hop nt
At first the kids say they can’t read it, but once they start looking more closely and working together they are able to decode it:
I want you to get your writing folders out and be ready
for Writers’ Workshop. That won’t be a problem,
will it? Thank you for your cooperation. We should
be ready soon. Are you having trouble reading my note?
I hope not!
This leads us to a discussion of why conventions are important and I make the point that conventions are a courtesy to your readers.
I then introduce my editing checklist. Notice there is a line at the bottom that can be individualized for each child depending on what we’ve discussed during conferencing time.
My last tip on this topic is CUPS. Cups stand for
C – Capitals
U – Understandable
P – Puncutuation
S – Spelling
I have my kids write this on assignments outside of workshop so they can quickly edit things they are turning in.
You might also check out my post on Writing Tips where I describe the visors my student editors wear.