Lesson Plan

Polishing Your Written Work

Whether students are revising handwritten drafts or work that has been composed on the computer, this lesson will help your writers understand some basic strategies and copyediting symbols for polishing their writing.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to use editing symbols to mark errors in writing.
  • Students will be able to identify some beneficial tools they can use when writing on the computer.


(5 minutes)
Polishing Writing: Editing Symbols and Tips for Writing on the Computer
  • For this writing lesson, set the scene for your students by connecting concepts like art and science.
  • Explain to your students that sometimes people say that being a nurse is both an art and a science. When they make that claim, they are saying that nursing requires both creative or intuitive abilities, as well as technical skills. For example, a nurse needs to be able to connect with patients and make them feel cared for (art), and they also need to know a lot about math and biology (science).
  • Some people say that writing is also both an art and a science. Ask students to turn to their neighbors and discuss what they think this means.
  • Call on students to share their thoughts. Explain that writing is about communicating thoughts through word choice, imagery, and voice, but it also requires an understanding of technical rules like grammar, capitalization, and computer skills.