Edit, Don’t Dread It
Copy editing and proofreading are hard, even for professionals. Kids come to dread these tasks probably as much as we dread teaching them.
Editing is a rat’s nest of rules. Some rules aren’t really rules at all. Correctness differs by organization, context, purpose, and audience.
With each piece we write, we follow a particular set of rules to create the consistency, clarity, and trustworthiness our readers require.
Now that we all use email, text messaging, and social media, we follow different sets of writing conventions almost every day.
In theory, there are thousands of writing rules. In practice, writers need only master a small fraction of them.
But new writing situations often require us to learn new rules and modify our understanding of rules we’ve already learned
Working on many short pieces of writing helps kids experience many different writing situations.
Only by encountering these situations, with someone to help them understand how they vary, do kids become capable of editing their writing effectively.