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Help students improve their own work and encourage more productive writing conferences with you and their peers using task cards. The six task cards included in this download correspond to each of the six traits of writing and target specific learning objectives. By focusing on only one trait at a time using the questions provided, students can get extra practice in a given area without feeling overwhelmed.

Through this activity, students and their partners will become editors and coaches by

  • helping two different students improve essays they have written (two essays included).
  • using task cards to help them analyze the essays and make specific comments, edits, and additions directly on the essay, as a real editor would.

Be the Editor: Task Cards
Recommended for Grades 5–8



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