Editing Practice for Seventh Grade

by Jimmie Lanley on August 29, 2011

editor in chief curriculum

I’ve shared before my love of using proofreading and editing to teach grammar, mechanics, and writing. In the past we’ve used Evan Moor’s Daily Paragraph Editing, but that series only goes up to 6th grade. For Sprite’s 7th grade, I’ve switched over to The Critical Thinking Company’s Editor in Chief workbooks.

These workbooks have three levels:

  1. A level for grades 4-6
  2. B level for grades 6-8
  3. C level for grades 8-adult
Each level has two sections, book 1 and book 2. (We are using B1 right now; it’s pictured above.) Each book has 33 activities. At the back of the book, the needed corrections for each exercise are clearly listed and even explained in a special grammar guide.
A unique aspect of the Editor in Chief workbook is that each paragraph is complemented by an image and caption. Both the image and its caption have to be studied in order to make the right corrections to the paragraph.

How I Use Editor in Chief

I photocopy the exercise so that Sprite can make corrections directly onto the page. I look over her edits and we discuss if necessary. Sometimes a grammar or mechanics topic will arise, and we use our grammar references to delve into it. I may add on a grammar exercise if the concept seems tough to understand. Any notes can go directly into her grammar notebook.

editing grade 7

Then Sprite copies the paragraph with all her corrections into the grammar notebook (a composition notebook).  She affixes the image and caption on the facing page.


How I Schedule Editor in Chief

Day 1 Make corrections to the paragraph. Show mom for checking.

Day 2 (possibly) Discuss any grammar or mechanics issues from the paragraph by reading a grammar reference and looking at sample sentences.

Day 3 Rewrite the paragraph neatly into the notebook. Affix the picture and caption.

Day 4 (possibly) Review or do more practice with the grammar or mechanics points.

If the editing practice goes very smoothly without any need for a grammar mini lesson, we may do two exercises a week. It’s highly flexible and dependent on Sprite’s understanding from week to week. I am not a proponent of busy work. If she already understands something, we move on.

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