Revising & Editing
No matter what you write, you should always review your work. Revising and editing your writing can make it better. Revising means correct and organizing your writing to make it as clear, effective, and engaging as it can be.
When you edit, you look for and correct mistakes such as words that are not spelled correctly, missing or incorrect punctuation, or errors in grammar.
Spelling can be tricky. Pay attention to plurals. Many nouns form their plurals by adding -s (friend–friends). When pluralizing nouns ending in -s, -z,-x,-sh, or -ch, add -es (gas–gases, fox–foxes, branch–branches). For nouns ending in -y, drop the -y and add -ies (memory–memories).
When you learn a new word, learn how to spell it, too. Keep a dictionary nearby when you read or write, so you can look up the correct spelling of unfamiliar words.
Punctuation is very important as well. Sentences should end with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point. Quotation marks should be used around the speaker’s words.