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Add an Editing Station to Your Writer's Workshop

Posted on January 27, 2010
Add an Editing Station to Your Writer's Workshop

Add an Editing Station to Your Writer's Workshop

Posted on January 27, 2010

Add an Editing Station to Your Writer's Workshop

Knowing students struggle to edit in general, but have major difficulty in editing for multiple skills at once, Upland Elementary (Upland, IN) teacher Colleen Yordy (left) encourages her students to edit for one convention skill at a time.

She has collected numerous plastic sunglasses and popped out the lenses. Each of the frames is within a section of a pocket chart along with a colored pen. When students are "done" writing in her classroom, they move to the Editing Station and put on the different glasses to check over their work one skill at a time. When they switch glasses and pens, they are looking for a different skill. This has students rereading their own writing multiple times looking for different errors. So creative! (Pictured with Colleen are Upland teachers Terri Brooks/middle and Debbie Small/right.)

NOTE: Glasses and pens are added to the pocket chart as she teachers the individual skills. Also, consider having students only edit for 3-4 skills, rather than all the convention skills. It can be daunting to have to edit for too many skills, especially when you're in the primary grades. You may want to have a list of student names in each pocket, identifying which students you want editing for that particular skill. This could be a means of differentiating skills for each student.