Copy Editing Tools
A lesson on the symbols of copy editing
This straight-forward lesson exposes students to copy editing symbols, allows them to put the symbols to use and then assesses their understanding of those symbols.
- Students will learn to emulate the procedures of professional copy editors.
- Students will learn and understand copy editing symbols.
Common Core State Standards
|CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4||Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)|
|CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5||Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.|
Partnership for 21st Century Skills — Student Outcomes
|Critical Thinking||Reason effectively
Use systems thinking
Make judgments and decisions
1. Instructions — 10 minutes
Distribute the Copy Editing Symbols handout. Walk through each of the symbols and their meanings to reinforce each item and answer any questions students might have.
2. Activity — 20-30 minutes
Distribute the copy editing symbols exercise, allowing students 20 minutes to incorporate the symbols, using the handout as a reference.
3. Review — 15-20 minutes
Go over the correct answers to the exercise using the copy editing symbols presentation.