5th Grade Writer’s Checklist: Revision



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5th Grade Writer’s Checklist: Revision

When you revise, you check the content of your work to make sure that it is your strongest writing.

Check each box when you can answer “yes” to the following statements or questions.

For unchecked boxes, please see the suggestion sheet and sign up for a conference!



Ideas/Context

  • My topic is narrow, clear and focused.

  • You can tell I know a lot about this topic.

  • I have developed a clear thesis statement.

Organization

  • I have a clear Beginning, Middle and End.

  • My reader can understand my writing.

  • My writing is in a logical sequence.

  • My paragraphs transition smoothly.

Voice

  • My piece has a clear audience.

  • My writing sounds like me.

Word Choice

  • My words create a vivid image.

  • My piece has interesting vocabulary.

Sentence Fluency

  • My piece has an engaging lead.

  • My conclusion is reflective.

  • My sentences are varied in length and structure

5th Grade Writer’s Checklist: Revision Suggestions


Revision Area

Suggestion

Ideas/Context

  • My topic is narrow, clear and focused.



  • You can tell I know a lot about this topic.

  • I have developed a clear thesis statement.




  • Zoom in. Add detail to clarify ideas. Take away details that are unnecessary or confusing.




  • Add more details.




  • Look at the thesis statement to be sure it is easy to understand.

Organization

  • I have a clear Beginning, Middle and End.

  • My reader can understand my writing.

  • My writing is in a logical sequence.




  • My paragraphs transition smoothly.




  • Box your B, M and E. Add to each as needed.

  • Read it to a friend and answer his/her questions in writing.

  • Number events in the order they happen. Cut it up and rearrange if necessary.

  • Read aloud. Add transition words.

Voice

  • My piece has a clear audience.

  • My writing sounds like me.




Answer:

  • Who is your reader? Write to him.



  • Who are you as a writer? Write for you.


Word Choice

  • My words create a vivid image.

  • My piece has interesting vocabulary.




  • Use a five senses chart.




  • Use a thesaurus, dictionary or adjective/adverb chart. Check readability level.

Sentence Fluency

  • My piece has an engaging lead.

  • My conclusion is reflective.

  • My sentences are varied in length and structure

Ask yourself:

  • Is the first sentence interesting? Does it draw the reader in? If not, change it!

  • Does my conclusion sum up my piece? Does it restate my topic sentence?

  • Does each sentence begin differently? Do I use different types of sentences? You should have a variety of punctuation in your writing.

5th Grade Writer’s Checklist: Editing

When you edit, you check the form of your writing to be sure it is standard.

Check each box when you can answer “yes” to the following statements or questions.

For unchecked boxes, please see the suggestion sheet and sign up for a conference!



COPS

Capitals

  • *Does my sentence begin with a capital letter?

  • Do all proper nouns begin with a capital letter?

Organization


  • Are all of the words in the correct order?

  • When I read my sentence aloud, does it sound right?

  • I have indented each paragraph.

  • I have checked my work for run-ons and fragments.

  • *My work is neat and legible.

Punctuation

  • *Do my sentences end correctly? ( . ! ?)

  • When I pause, do I use the correct mark? ( , “ ” : ; )

Spelling

  • *Are all of my priority words in standard spelling?

  • Are all other words in standard spelling?

*NO EXCUSES!

5th Grade Writer’s Checklist: Editing Suggestions

Editing Area

Suggestion

Capitals

  • *Does my sentence begin with a capital letter?

  • Do all proper nouns begin with a capital letter?







  • Reread your piece. Capitalize any words that begin a sentence.




  • Reread your pace. Capitalize any names of people, places or things.

Organization

  • Are all of the words in the correct order?

  • When I read my sentence aloud, does it sound right?

  • I have indented each paragraph.

  • I have checked my work for run-ons and fragments.


  • *My work is neat and legible.







  • Read each sentence aloud to be sure it makes sense. If not, rearrange the words or rewrite it.



  • Mark your paragraphs with the paragraph symbol. ¶

  • Be sure that your sentences are like Goldilocks: not too long, not too short, but just right!

  • Write or type NEATLY so that anyone can read your lovely work!

Punctuation

  • *Do my sentences end correctly? ( . ! ?)

  • When I pause, do I use the correct mark? ( , “ ” : ; )







  • Reread to add any punctuation needed.




Spelling

  • *Are all of my priority words in standard spelling?

  • Are all other words in standard spelling?







  • Check your priority word list.




  • Use the dictionary or spell check.

*NO EXCUSES = you should edit these BEFORE having a conference!

5th Grade Writer’s Checklist: Publishing

When you publish, you finish your piece knowing that the


content (done when revising) and form (done when editing) is as perfect as possible.

Check each box when you can answer “yes” to the following statements or questions.

For unchecked boxes, please see the suggestion sheet and sign up for a conference!

Does your piece have:


  • A dedication?

  • An Author’s Note?

  • Any illustrations?

  • A cover page?

  • A heading on each page?

  • Page numbers in the footer of each page?

Is your piece:

  • Typed neatly?

  • Typed in 12, 14 or 16 point font?

  • Typed in an easily read font?

  • Free from visual distractions?

  • Indented per paragraph?

  • Typed with two skipped lines between each paragraph.

Did you:

  • Conference with a peer after revising?

  • Conference with a peer after editing?

  • Conference with a teacher before publishing?

Are you:

  • Proud of your work?

  • Feeling accomplished as a writer?

  • Ready to celebrate being a published author?

  • Ready to start a new piece?

Conference Partner: ___________________________________

Writing Conference

Title of piece: __________________________________________________________________

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Conference Comments:

My favorite part of your piece was _________________________________________________

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______________________________________________________________________________

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because _______________________________________________________________________

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The part(s) of you story that I feel need(s) more work is ________________________________

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_______________________________________________________________________because:


  • It needs more detail.

  • It is confusing/doesn’t make sense.

  • It could use better/different vocabulary words.

  • It is note interesting to read.

  • It doesn’t have a beginning, middle, and/or end (circle all that apply).

  • Other.

Author’s signature: _____________________________________________________

Conference Partner’s Signature: __________________________________________


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