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Curriculum
You're the Editor
Grade: 3-5
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Tool Factory Workshop
  • A dictionary
    Overview
    A draft of a newspaper article is presented on a worksheet with a series of grammatical errors, such as run-on sentences and mistakes in capitalization, comma use, punctuation and spelling. Students will use the spell check and word processing features of Tool Factory Workshop to edit and/or retype the article. Then, they create an appropriate headline for the article and reformat the article's layout.
    Instructions
    1) Open the "Rough Draft" worksheet in Tool Factory Worksheet.
    2) Direct students to edit the text of the article, correcting as many grammatical and spelling errors as possible. They should use the spell checker, but remind students to check for the misuse of homonyms that will not be caught by the spell checker.
    3) Have students change the color of the text they have edited to blue.
    4) Once you have checked the student's work, instruct him/her to change the color of the entire article to the color of his/her choice.
    5) Students then change the headline to one that gives readers a good idea of what the article is about, making sure the headline is an attention-grabber!
    6) Different pictures from the bank or hard drive can be added. Students can type in descriptive captions under each picture.
    7) Students add a byline with the name of the town from which the article is being reported, the date, and their name.
    8) Remind students to save their work.
    Follow-up Activities
    Students write their own newspaper or magazine article about a topic of their choice. Use a digital camera to take pictures. They edit and revise the article, then add appropriate images as illustrations.
    Tutorials
  • Adding text and editing text
  • Changing the color of text
  • Formatting
  • Adding pictures from the bank
  • Resizing pictures
  • Drawing lines and rectangles
    Cross-Curriculum Ideas
    Editing is an important skill that is necessary for the writing of essays and reports in Social Studies and Science as well as in Language Arts.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Rough draft
  • Revised draft
  • Revised draft with corrections highlighted
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Rough draft
  • Revised draft
  • Revised draft with corrections highlighted
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Language Arts Standards: Writing Standard 1, Level 1, #3: Student uses strategies to edit and publish written work (e.g., edits for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling at a developmentally appropriate level; uses reference material; considers page format [paragraphs, margins, indentations, titles]; selects presentation format according to purpose, incorporates photos, illustrations, charts, and graphs; uses available technology to compose and publish work].