Students submit an essay in Word, identify grammar and spelling errors in the essay, and then correct those errors using Word’s table feature.
grammar, essays, language arts, editing, grading
Lesson PlanStill grading essays, red ink pen in hand? Next time your students have an essay due, ask them to submit their work in Word, help them identify their grammar and spelling errors, and then have them correct those errors using Word's table feature.
Prior to this lesson, student should be familiar with typing in Word and knowledgeable about the basics of grammar and writing.
Begin the lesson by displaying the sentence below either on a projector or a chalkboard: (Note: Choose any sentence that's appropriate to your students' grade and ability level.)
Changing the oil every 3,000 miles, the car seemed to run better.
Ask students to identify the error in the sentence. The answer: a dangling modifier. Ask next for a corrected version of the sentence. Among the possible correct answers is:
Changing the oil every 3,000 miles, we kept the car in excellent condition.
Explain to students that they also can use the table feature in Word to identify and correct their errors. Guide students through the following steps:
Note: to find the highlighter feature, click View>Toolbars>Formatting and look for the icon with the ABC on it.
Student's work now should look like this:
Explain to students that as you grade the next group of essays, you'll use Word to highlight their errors in yellow. Students then will get their essays back, and will be responsible for adding a Word table within their essays, just below the error. Students then will resend the essays to you for a final check.
Note: The above examples are from the Capital Community College Foundation's Guide to Grammar and Writing, an excellent resource for teaching grammar in high school and above.
AssessmentStudents are assessed on their ability to identify and correct grammatical errors.
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