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Basics on the topic Editing Writing
Editing Writing – Introduction
The editing stage of the writing process happens when you have finished planning, writing your first draft and revising your writing. Editing is the final step in the writing process, which makes it extremely important. When editing, you should read your writing several times to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Editing Your Writing – Strategy
One of the most common editing techniques in writing can be remembered through an acronym COPS. Let’s find out what COPS stands for:
First, you should check for capitalisation and make sure that common nouns and initial letters of the sentences are capitalised. Then, check whether the order of sentences makes sense. Next, make sure the punctuation is appropriate. Finally, check for spelling mistakes. You can use COPS as your editing writing checklist.
Editing Writing – Practise
Now, take a look at some editing writing examples. Let’s read the paragraph and use COPS to edit it.
Getting a good nights sleep is beneficial for our fysical and mental health. this is why it is important for you to have a bedtime routine. Going to bed at the same time every night and avoiding big meals before bed can help with sleeping better It is also a good idea to turn of the screen of a Tv or a phone 30 minutes before bed.
First, let’s check for capitalisation. In the second sentence t in this needs to be capitalised since it is the start of a sentence. Both T and v in Tv should be capitalised as well, because TV is an abbreviation.
Now, let’s look at the order of the sentences and see if it makes sense, as well as whether the sentences themselves make sense. Only the second sentence is using a you-statement, so it would be better to remove it and change the sentence to This is why it is important to have a bedtime routine.
The next step is checking the punctuation. A full stop is missing at the end of the third sentence, as well as an apostrophe in the word night’s.
Finally, we need to check the spelling. There are two spelling mistakes in this paragraph. First, the correct spelling of the word physical includes ph, not f. Also, the second f is missing in the verb phrase turn off.
Take a look at the example paragraph after editing:
Getting a good night’s sleep is beneficial for our physical and mental health. This is why it is important to have a bedtime routine. Going to bed at the same time every night and avoiding big meals before bed can help with sleeping better. It is also a good idea to turn off the screen of a TV or a phone 30 minutes before bed.
Now, when we are done with editing the paragraph, it is ready to be published!
Editing Writing – Summary
When editing your writing, use the acronym COPS.
First, check that all the words are correctly capitalised. Then, check the order of sentences and make sure it makes sense. Next, check the punctuation. Finally, make sure all the words are spelt correctly.
Now you know everything about writing editing techniques! If you want more practise, watch our video about editing writing for kids and check out our worksheets and activities!
Frequently Asked Questions about Editing Writing
Transcript Editing Writing
It's Benji's last day as an intern with Jane and Ernie. "Your writing has come a long way since you started!" "It really has!" "But, you still need to edit it and then you can publish your piece!" Let's help Benji with editing writing. When you finish planning and writing your draft version and have completed your writing, it's time for the final step, which is editing! You should always read the writing through lots of times, each time with a different editing purpose, to make sure you don't miss anything. When editing, check for capital letters, check that the order of sentences makes sense, check for punctuation, and finally, check for spelling. The acronym COPS can help you remember this checklist! Let's practise with Benji, and help him to edit his writing. Here is the section we will help Benji with. First, let's check for capital letters. Here, we see the in 'it' needs to be capitalised since it is the start of a sentence. Can you spot one more capital letter edit that Benji needs to make? The stands for punctuation; check that all punctuation is correctly included.
is spelling; check that all words are correctly spelt. "Oh Jane, he did amazing in all his minutes here." "Oh Ernie, it's like he hasn't left at all!"
stands for punctuation; check that all punctuation is correctly included.
Editing Writing exercise
What should you check for when editing your writing?Hints
You can use COPS to check your writing.
You should check for capital letters when editing your writing.
You should check that the order of sentences makes sense when editing your writing.Solution
You can use COPS to check your writing when editing.
You should check for:
- C: Check for capital letters.
- O: Check that the order of sentences makes sense.
- P: Check for punctuation.
- S: Check for spelling.
Which sentences need to be edited for capital letters?Hints
Sentences should begin with a capital letter.
Does each sentence begin with a capital letter? Highlight the sentences that should begin with a capital letter.Solution
The three sentences that need to be checked for capital letters are highlighted in yellow.
Edit the writing by checking for punctuation.Hints
A full stop is needed at the end of each sentence.
Check for punctuation by reading each sentence to make sure that there is a full stop at the end of each one.
A comma can be used to separate multiple items in a sentence. For example: Some types of instruments are guitars, violins, drums, and tambourines.Solution
The missing punctuation is highlighted in green.
Identify the misspelt words in a paragraph.Hints
The first sentence has two misspelt words.
The last sentence has two misspelt words.
There are 5 misspelt words in the paragraph.Solution
The 5 misspelled words are highlighted in green. The correct spelling is below:
- planing --> planning
- editng --> editing
- remimber --> remember
- righting --> writing (incorrect form of the word was used here)
- reeders --> readers
Edit the writing by checking for spelling.Hints
Read through the writing line by line.
In this example, "awear" is incorrectly spelt. It should be spelt "aware."
Be sure to use the correct form of new or knew.
- new means for the first time.
- knew means to know information about someone, a place, or a thing.
Th correct spelling of the bolded words are highlighted in green here.
- sunrize --> sunrise
- cleer --> clear
- new --> knew
Use the "COPS" checklist to edit the writing.Hints
When editing writing, you can use COPS to help.
- Check for capital letters.
- Check the order of sentences and that the sentences themselves make sense.
- Check that all punctuation is correctly included.
- Check that all words are correctly spelt.
Remember: Sentences should begin with a capital letter
Check for punctuation.
Remember: A sentence does not end with a comma, it ends with a full stop.Solution
The correct answers are highlighted above.
Using the "COPS" checklist to edit the writing, the correct edits are below.
- Capital letters in violet: Sentences should begin with a capital letter. A capital letter is needed for the second and third sentences.
- Order of sentences in yellow: The last sentence is in the wrong place and should be the first sentence.
- Punctuation in green: Sentences should end with periods, not commas. A period is needed after shore and symphony.
- Spelling in blue: whyle --> while, beachs --> beaches, twinkld --> twinkled