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Editing Workshop Lesson Plan

Subjects: Arts & Humanities: Language Arts; Social Studies: U.S. History, Regions/Cultures
Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description

Students search for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors in a work sheet about famous black Americans.



  • apply their knowledge of rules of English grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
  • learn about some accomplishments of famous black Americans.


spelling, editing, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, black history, language

Materials Needed


  • Be the Editor! student work sheet (provided)

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    Lesson Plan

    Pass out the Be the Editor! student work sheet. Have students complete the work sheet individually or in pairs. When students have completed it, review the work sheet together.


    Students will identify at least eight of the ten errors in the statements on the "Be the Editor!" work sheet and make the following corrections:

    1. Hurley (the name of a town) should begin with a capital H
    2. Sunday (a day of the week) should begin with a capital S
    3. start should be the past tense started
    4. yeers should be spelled years;
    5. tie should be past tense tied
    6. Febuary should be spelled February
    7. were should be was
    8. a comma should be placed after the 14 in the date August 14, 1934
    9. a comma should be placed after shoemaking (a series listing)
    10. a comma should be placed between passenger and the closed quotation mark

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Gary Hopkins

    National Standards