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Powerful Proofreading - Year 2

Powerful Proofreading - Year 2
English Creating Texts
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This is the perfect activity to use when practicing the skills that go with editing a sentence or piece of writing. 

Your class will love working alongside you, or in groups to fix these sentences up.

Simply cut out and laminate the letters, punctuation and editing characters. Attach to pegs, paddle pop sticks or make finger puppets with them! Then, print out and cut up the sentences to display on the whiteboard. As a class or in groups, use the editing symbols on the following page, to identify errors in the sentences. Guide students to check if each sentence:

  1. Uses capital letters where required
  2. Uses correct sentence punctuation
  3. Uses accurate spelling
  4. Makes sense and uses the most appropriate vocabulary
  5. Is rewritten neatly with finger spaces when appropriate
Lesson Structure
  • Rotations / Group Work
  • Class Activity
Curriculum Codes

AC9E2LY06 9

Create and edit short imaginative, informative and persuasive written and/or multimodal texts for familiar audiences, using text structure appropriate to purpose, simple and compound sentences, noun groups and verb groups, topic-specific vocabulary, simple punctuation and common 2-syllable words

AC9E2LA03 9

Identify how texts across the curriculum are organised differently and use language features depending on purposes

AC9E2LE05 9

Create and edit literary texts by adapting structures and language features of familiar literary texts through drawing, writing, performance and digital tools

ACELY1672 8.4

Re-read and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure

EN1-2A old

Plans, composes and reviews a small range of simple texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers and viewers

EN1-3A old

Composes texts using letters of consistent size and slope and uses digital technologies

EN1-VOCAB-01 new

Understands and effectively uses Tier 1, taught Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary to extend and elaborate ideas

EN1-SPELL-01 new

Applies phonological, orthographic and morphological generalisations and strategies when spelling words in a range of writing contexts

EN1-PHOKW-01 new

Uses initial and extended phonics, including vowel digraphs, trigraphs to decode and encode words when reading and creating texts

EN1-CWT-01 new

Plans, creates and revises texts written for different purposes, including paragraphs, using knowledge of vocabulary, text features and sentence structure

EN1-HANDW-01 new

Uses a legible, fluent and automatic handwriting style, and digital technology, including word-processing applications, when creating texts

EN1-UARL-01 new

Understands and responds to literature by creating texts using similar structures, intentional language choices and features appropriate to audience and purpose


Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose


Reread and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure


Construct texts featuring print, visual and audio elements using software, including word processing programs

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