Teach Your Teen Editing Techniques
Students don't always know what to look for when they're editing their own writing. Share these tips to turn your teen into a better editor:
- Eliminate extra words. Your teen should make a point of saying things simply, in as few words as possible.
- Read work aloud. While reading, your teen should listen for areas that sound awkward and need rearranging.
- Check for overused words. Did your teen use "really" in five of six paragraphs? Constantly repeating the same words makes writing boring.
- Check the logic. Your teen should ask: Does my paper make sense? Does it move smoothly from one idea to the next? Is the meaning of every sentence and paragraph clear? Do the sentences in each paragraph support the topic sentence?
- Give credit where it's due. It's fine to quote or discuss someone else's words or ideas in a paper—but not to pass them off as your own. Your teen must make sure to give proper credit.
- Proofread. After all other editing is complete, your teen should read the paper carefully one more time. Spell-check programs won't catch everything!
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