So here are a couple of ways you can help them do that...
- Check out my Sample 10 Things Project. This is one that I'm making. I only have 7 things so far, but when you see it, it will be clear what kinds of things they should be trying to do with theirs. CLICK HERE to see it.
- We used a checklist in class to help us peer edit each other's paragraphs. This checklist tells you exactly what each of the 10 paragraphs should have. Here it is...
_______ The paragraph has a topic sentence. (One thing I love is…)
_______ There are 3 facts about the topic.
_______ There are 3 reasons why the person loves this thing
_______ Each reason has at least one sentence of explanation.
_______ The paragraph has a concluding sentence that restates the topic.
_______ At least 3 Linking words/phrases are used (In conclusion, in addition, also, another, etc.)
_______ Paragraph has at least 10 sentences
_______ Paragraph is indented
_______ No spelling errors
_______ No capitalization errors
_______ No punctuation errors
_______ NSTSWTSW (Sentences begin in different ways)
_______ OAPS (One AND per sentence)
The last two are little codes we use in class. Your child will know what they mean. And if you really want to freak them out, just use my "When you're done, you've just begun" quote on them!
Happy writing! And if you have any questions, be sure to let me know.