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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

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WEDNESDAY: To edit and improve your draft letter.

Yesterday you planned a letter. Today’s mission is to edit and improve your work. This means you need to check whether you have shown off all your skills and that your work is the best you can do.


When we edit and improve, we’re keeping an eye out for three things:


This means correcting any missing punctuation, missing words and misspellings.



This means changing any words or sentences that are not clear, don’t make sense or are a bit repetitive.



This means adding extra words and/or sentences to improve your writing. This could be a single extra adjective or adverb that adds much needed detail. 


Let’s practise those skills!

Below I have written an absolutely, completely, miserably awful letter from Woody!

Can you improve it by correcting, changing and adding extra information?

(You don't need to write it out, you can just discuss how you would edit and improve it.)




As you can see, Woody hasn’t actually described the food he has eaten, or the type of mouse he wants...can you add some details? 


He has also made lots of spelling mistakes! Did you spot them?


Now you have practised your editing and improving skills, I would like you to check your first draft from yesterday and make it even better.


Like we do in school, you could use a purple pen (or any colour pen or pencil!) to show where you have made corrections, changes and added detail.


The Steps to Success below might be useful to push your work up to the next level.




I look forward to seeing your new and improved letter!