2nd Grade - Revising Drafts

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Writing
Revising drafts
Revise original drafts to improve sequence and provide more descriptive detail.
Proofread original drafts for mistakes. Identify if written work is on topic and give ideas as how to stay on topic. Use proofreading symbols to edit work. Use adjectives to add detail when writing.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does it mean to revise a draft?

(2)

What words can be added to writing to make it have more detail?

(3)

What proofreading marks are used when editing work?

(4)

What steps makeup the writing process?

(5)

What 5 W questions should be answered when writing?

Learning Tips

(1)

Remind your child that adjectives are words that add more detail to writing. Adjectives can tell how things look, tell how something tastes or smells, and describe how something sounds and feels. They make the reader feel as if they are there in the story.

(2)

To help you child understand how to use adjectives, have your child think of a noun. For example, the noun “dog” can be used. Now, ask your child to think of all the words that can describe the word dog (ex. big brown, hairy, loud, smelly, etc.). Continue to have your child describe other nouns. Remind your child that adjectives make writing more interesting to the reader.

(3)

Sequence is the order that something happens. To help you child better understand sequencing, have you child tell you directions on how to do everyday things. For example, things like tying you shoes, washing your hands, or making a jelly sandwich. These are things that your child is familiar with, so have them tell you step-by-step making sure not to leave any steps out of the process. After your child has told you the directions, have your child actually complete the activity that they described. Have them think back to make sure that no steps were left out of their directions.

(4)

Another activity that may help your child improve sequencing in writing is to have your child write a short story. Make sure that each sentence starts on a new line. As your child finishes writing, have him/her cut apart the sentences into separate pieces. Ask him/her to put the sentences back in sequential order. Once your child is done, have him/her proofread their work making sure the story makes sense and is put back in sequential order. This activity may also be done with a set of directions.

(5)

Encourage your child to keep a journal to write in. Your child may choose to write stories or just everyday entries about his/her life. Although journals are usually used for free writing, encourage him/her to pick a few entries to proofread. Have your child keep a proofreading symbols chart by them when writing. Your child should become familiar with these symbols overtime. Have your child edit a few entries by changing around sentences to improve the sequence and adding extra information to add more detail. Encourage your child to rewrite their rough drafts or have others read them.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

What does it mean to revise a draft?

(2)

What are the 5 W’s that should be answered when writing a personal narrative?

(3)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A Day at School

1. Got on the school bus

2. Colored with my crayons in class

3. Swam at the beach

4. Went to gym class

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(4)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A Day at the Zoo

1. Watched the seal show

2. Skated on the ice

3. Fed the animals

4. Bought a ticket to get in the zoo

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(5)

Write the number of the idea on the line that does not go with the topic.

A School Valentine’s Party

1. Slid down the waterslide

2. Passed out my cards.

3. Opened up my treats

4. Ate a heart cookie

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(6)




Read each sentence. Number the sentences in the correct order starting with the number 1.


_____ Brush your teeth and get dressed.

_____ Wake up and get out of bed.

_____ Get on the bus to go to school.


(7)

Read each sentence. Number the sentences in the correct order starting with the number 1.


_____ Enjoy your peanut butter sandwich.

_____ Get out two slices of bread.

_____ Put one slice of bread on the other.

_____ Put peanut butter on one side of the sandwich.


(8)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

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  1. Ate popcorn at the theater

  2. Watched a movie.

  3. Bought tickets

4. Sat in the dark

(9)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

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  1. Wet the car with the hose

  2. Washed it with a sponge

  3. Rinsed the car off

4. Dried it with a towel

(10)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: Eating at my favorite restaurant

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(11)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: Creating a project in art class

Who:

What:

Where:

Why:

When:

(12)


Read the topic that is given then complete the missing information from the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each missing question.

Topic: A school party

Who:

What:

Where: In the classroom at my school

Why:

When: A beautiful Friday afternoon

(13)

Read the topic that is given then complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.

Topic: The time I made my first friend

Who:

What:

Where:

Why: I didn’t know anyone and was at a new school

When: Monday afternoon during the first day at my new

school

(14)

Think of as many adjectives to describe the noun listed below. Write the adjectives on the lines.


cat

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(15)

Circle the adjectives in the sentence below.


My best friend has a small, white mouse at her house.


(16)

Circle the adjectives in the sentence below.


My little brother likes to eat moist, chocolate cake.


(17)

Draw a line to match the proofreading symbol to its meaning.


Use a period


Insert something


Delete

(18)





On the line below write what the following proofreading symbol means.


__________________

(19)

On the line below write what the following proofreading symbol means.


__________________

(20)

Add words to the story to make the story more descriptive.


I woke up so early because it was my last day of school. I screamed _______________ and ________________ jumped out of bed. I put on my ______________, _____________ shirt and my _______________ shorts. I could smell the ______________ pancakes that were cooking in the kitchen. I ate the ______________pancakes fast and drank a _____________ glass of orange juice. I could hear the ______________, ______________ bus at my stop outside. I raced outside ready to begin my _________________ day.


(21)

Move around the sentences below to put the paragraph into sequential order. Rewrite the paragraph on the lines below.


James wanted to wash his hands. Finally, he dried them off with a towel. Next, he rinsed the soap from his hands and turned off the water. First, he turned on the water. Then, he poured soap in his hands and rubbed them together. All clean he thought.

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(22)

Write the missing step from the set of directions.

Planting a Flower

  1. Gather all your materials.

  2. Dig a hole outside.

  3. Place the seed in the hole and cover it up with dirt.

  4. Wait patiently for you seed to grow.

(23)




Read the sentences below, circle the sentence that would come first in sequential order.


Brush your teeth.

Go to bed.

Eat dinner.

(24)

Read the sentences below, circle the sentence that would come last in sequential order.


Drive to the beach.

Put your bathing suit on.

Swim in the ocean.

(25)

Write a descriptive paragraph that tells about a trip you recently took.

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