$150 for 5 weeks
Language Arts Writing
Welcome to Junior Editors! This program is specially designed to give our students a basic knowledge and lingo for the world of editing. You will be exposed to details about punctuation, spelling, capitalization, contractions, and homonyms. Being an editor means having a good eye for catching the mistakes a writer might make when typing their stories. You are an important part of making their story perfect for everyone else to read. So, let’s take this journey together and see how we come out on the other side.
Students will need to complete their homework assignments before moving on to the next session. Please contact Marlene Liotti if there is a problem and the student needs more time to complete the assignment.
Session 1: What Is Editing?
Students will understand the importance of editing in the writing and publishing process.
Students will understand the editor and author relationship.
Students will examine the editing process
Students will discover how to use Microsoft Word during the editing process.
HOMEWORK: Students will practice using Microsoft Word to edit a small piece of writing with some spelling and punctuation errors. Load the completed sheet on Basecamp.
Session 2: Spelling and Capitalization
Students will review when to use capitalization and when not to.
Students will review common spelling mistakes and how to spot them.
Students will learn how to activate tracking and make spelling corrections in Microsoft Word.
Students will be given a few sample paragraphs with spelling errors. Activate tracking and make corrections. Completed sheet is to be loaded on Basecamp.
Session 3: Punctuation
Students will review the most common punctuation marks found in a manuscript, including quotation marks, periods, commas, exclamation points, and question marks.
Students will learn where punctuation marks should be placed when there is dialogue.
Students will understand the importance of punctuation when reading. The wrong mark or a missing mark can change the meaning of the sentence.
Students will edit a few paragraphs in Microsoft Word with punctuation errors. There may be spelling and capitalization errors as well. Load the completed sheet on Basecamp.
Session 4: Consistency and Word Flow
Students will understand the importance of proper word choice in narrations and dialogue.
Students will discover how authors use a thesaurus to help them use different words to convey the same meaning (i.e. synonyms).
Students will discuss how consistency and flow can affect a story.
Students will learn how to make comments in Microsoft Word.
Students will read a short passage with lapses in consistency and flow. Make comments where you come across issues and make suggestions to make it easier to read.
Session 5: Grammar and Mechanics
Students wills review adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, prepositions, and conjunctions.
Students will review contractions and homophones, and the definition of homophone.
Students will learn to recognize homophones and how to correct them.
HOMEWORK: Students will be given a few exercises to complete, as well as a short to edit in Microsoft Word. This homework will round out all the lessons. Load completed assignments on Basecamp.