Lesson Plan

Running On: Copy Editing for Run-on Sentences

Equip your students to stop run-on sentences with punctuation and capitalization! In this lesson, your students will explore copyediting symbols for capitalization and punctuation and use these symbols as they edit writing.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify run-on sentences and use copyediting symbols to note errors.
  • Students will be able to determine areas of confusion and rewrite sentences.


(5 minutes)
  • Invite a student to participate in a brief skit with you.
  • Using a topic of choice, speak very fast to the student without pausing between sentences.
  • Invite other students to share their observations about what happened. What was the problem? How did it impact comprehension?
  • Tell the students that sometimes this can happen in our writing and that’s why it’s important to edit and make sure that we do not have any run-on sentences.