Are you looking for teaching ideas for proofreading spelling? Students should edit their rough drafts using CUPS (Capitalization, Usage, Punctuation, Spelling) and this lesson focuses on the S for spelling. It is part of a writing mini lesson series for writing workshop and works well with any writing curriculum. Read on for spelling rules and proofreading tips.
Editing is an important step in the writing process and correct spelling is a part of this step. Find ways to teach students to proofread their rough drafts for spelling.
Display an anchor chart or charts with spelling rules. Review them with your student(s). Then post it on a bulleting board or writing center.
- Always put a u after a q. (quack, quiet)
- Every syllable has a vowel.
- The “soft” sound of c (s sound) or g (j sound) is usually followed by i, y, or e. (city, gym)
- Write i before e except after c or when sounded like a. (thief, believe, ceiling, receive, neighbor, weigh)
SPELLING RULES FOR ADDING INFLECTIONAL ENDINGS TO WORDS
- Most words- Add the ending. (talk-talked)
- Words ending in a single vowel and consonant- Double the final consonant and add the ending. (stop- stopped, stopping)
- Words ending in silent e- Drop the e before adding the ending. (bake, baked, baking)
- Words end in a consonant and y- Change the y to i then add the ending unless the ending is -ing. (hurry- hurried, hurrying)
- Words that end in ss, ch, sh, zz, or x- Add -es. (foxes, wishes)
Model these rules by correcting them in your class story’s rough draft. If you didn’t make mistakes along the way, not problem! Take your rough draft and find places to make errors. Then show your students how to correct them. Don’t forget to talk out loud so your students can hear your thought process!
3. TAKE NOTES
Students should take notes on the SPELLING rules or provide a mini anchor chart of the rules for students to paste in their notebooks. Also include the rules in a student writing resource to use in writing centers or homework.
Students should practice proofreading text that has spelling mistakes.
Students are now ready to apply their knowledge of spelling rules and apply them to their own writing rough drafts. Bring out the magnifying glasses if you want to motivate your little detectives!
Quickly have students share in small groups or partners where they found spelling errors. It may help the reluctant editors!
Did you learn a few things to help your students with proofreading rough drafts for spelling?
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