Third Draft – So this is where we knuckle down on the grammar and mechanics.
When students hand it in, I edit their papers. Only I am allowed to edit papers because, well, honestly, students really can’t be trusted to do this. I do not correct their papers. Let me repeat, “I do not correct their papers.” And once more, I do not correct their papers.
Correction is their job. If I make corrections for them, they learn to rely on me and do not learn the grammar rules. I enable bad behavior. No, thank you. Instead, I write codes on their papers which correlate to a grammar rule sheet that all the students have. So, you will see things like “format” or “comma-intro” written on their papers. Student go look up the rule, write the rule, and correct their paper.
This is called the PSR or Personal Skill Record. If you scroll all the way down, you will see the grammar and mechanics rules that Student A broke. She wrote down the code, the rule, and the number of times she made the mistake. And finally, she fixes these errors in her final draft.
I do not always choose to catch all of the errors (sometimes I just don’t catch all the errors) because I don’t want to overwhelm a student. However, I am looking to see that a student has fewer and fewer errors as the year progresses.
Students who have no errors get 10pts. free and have no homework. It’s worth it.