Editing and revising? Probably not an activity that thrills your child. Try adding a splash of color to the task with rainbow editing. Teacher and parent approved, rainbow editing is a technique used to promote skill and confidence in even the most reluctant writers.
What You Need:
- Colored pencils
- Rough draft of a written assignment
- Glue stick
- Poster board
What You Do:
- Reread the rough draft with your child
- Make sure you have one colored pencil for each color in the rainbow.
- Let your child know that rainbow editing isn't used just for pointing out mistakes -- it also can show what works really well.
- Have your child edit his rough draft using the color key below. (Feel free to adapt the color key to suit your child's needs.)
- Use a red pencil to circle misspelled words.
- Use an orange pencil to underline descriptive words.
- Use a yellow pencil to circle transition words.
- Use a green pencil to underline the topic sentence and the concluding sentence.
- Use a blue pencil to mark words that should be capitalized or to add in punctuation.
- Use a purple pencil to circle boring words that could be replaced.
- If your child is having a tough time getting used to the technique, help him out. This can be a team effort. You can even try taking turns to spot words or phrases that need to be marked.
- After the editing is finished, have your child write out his final draft on a separate sheet of paper.
- Help him glue the draft and the finished product side by side on the poster board.
- Have him use his colored pencil to write in the color key in the margins..
- Encourage him to decorate the rest of the poster board.
- Hang up the rainbow editing display in his room, an artsy reminder of how fun good editing can be.