Young Editor

Young Editor

$150 for 5 weeks

Teachers

Allison Bruning 

Subjects

Language Arts Writing

IMPORTANT NOTES

This class is for students who have already completed a manuscript. Once edited, students will have the option to publish with our publishing house, Crimson Sparrow, and earn royalties. Academic Warriors does offer a Young Authors program for students who have not produced a manuscript or want to learn how to write like an author. 

Students will need to complete their homework assignments before moving onto the next session. Please contact Allison Bruning if there is a problem and the student needs more time to complete an assignment. 

Materials

Students will need access to Microsoft Word. Their manuscript will need to be saved in a .doc file before class begins.

Ages

8 - 14 years old

   

Sessions

 

Session 1: What Is Editing?

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will understand the importance of editing in the writing and publishing process.

Students will examine the writing and editing processes. 

Students will discover how to use Microsoft Word during the editing process. 

Students will practice using Microsoft Word to edit small pieces of writing. 

Session 2: Plot and Character

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will compare/contrast protagonist, antagonist, and supporting characters.

Students will analyze plot and how characters interact with plot using a roller coaster diagram.

Students will describe characters in their stories using character data sheets. 

Students will investigate the link between plot and characters.

Students will practice editing characters and plots from a short story. 

HOMEWORK:

Edit your classmate(s) characters and plot. Be sure to take detailed notes so they can understand exactly what needs to be changed.

 

Session 3: Attracting the Right Reader

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present and discuss their editing with the class.

Students will edit their manuscript in order to fix the problems their editors found. 

Students will choose an age range for their children's book and understand why this is important. 

Students will analyze the age appropriateness of their manuscript using Perry Marshall Grade Level measuring tool.

Students will change words in their manuscript to ensure their readers are old enough for the language being used.

Students will construct the blurb for their book using words their readers will already know. 

HOMEWORK:

Finish editing your blurb and manuscript.

Session 4: Consistency and Word Flow

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present their stories to the class.

Students will understand the importance of proper word choice in narrations and dialogue. 

Students will investigate how dialect and word usage can shed light on hidden things about a character.

Students will discover how authors use a thesaurus to help them use different words to convey meaning.

Students will analyze their manuscript with Find and Replace to make certain the character's names are consistent.

Students will compare/contrast author's style and proper editing. 

HOMEWORK:

Edit your classmate(s) manuscript according to consistence and word flow. Be sure to take detailed notes so they can understand exactly what needs to be changed.

Session 5: Grammar and Mechanics

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present and discuss their editing with the class.

Students will review adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, prepositions and conjunctions.

Students will review proper punctuation.

Students will analyze and edit their manuscripts for proper grammar and mechanics. 

Students will investigate what happens in the publishing process after editing has been completed. 

Students will learn what the next steps are if they decide to publish their stories with Crimson Sparrow. 

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