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Explanation Texts!


THURSDAY : To edit and improve your draft.

Yesterday you had a big job to do. You had to use your research notes to write a first draft of your explanation text. If you need to finish it today that is absolutely fine.


Today’s mission is to edit and improve your work to make sure it is of a really high quality before we write it out neatly as our published piece. 


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. 


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 work!