Language Arts 5 – Editing and correcting essays

now in these lessons you’re going to look for words that are used inappropriately in their homonyms words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings a lot of times people confuse them because they make the same sound so what you’re going to do you’re going to look for fourteen homonyms that are misused let’s start Jaime rose sleepily from his warm bed and stuck his bare feet in his sneakers any word there that’s wrong well one bare bare and it’s a heavy large animal has claws that’s not what he’s putting on his feet his feet are bare meaning without clothing or covered so that word is used wrong so we cross out bare B ei R and right above it bare be a ar e then type it on your computer you know what to do place the cursor behind the are on the bear hit the backspace four times and then retype it VAR e he reached for some warm clothes because the mornings were still chilly any problems there well the word closed means to close something like to close the door and it should be something he worse so that word is crossed out and closed is spelled C el th es it was early too early to be up especially on a Sunday morning like this one any problem no but a promise was a promise and it couldn’t afford yet another accident yesterday he had forgotten to take Murphy his new dog out for a walk and his mum had not been very happy with what had happened because of it two days ago something similar had happened and the week before as well any problem in those well look at 2t oh oh that’s wrong it’s talking about the number of days so T oo is wrong and it should be TW o so cross out the t oo and right above it t wo two days ago something similar had happened and the week before as well anything else in that sentence well week is wrong we w the a k means not strong and it should be weak because we’re talking about a period of seven days so w e a K is crossed out and replaced with w ee k now let’s look at the next sentence when we got you that dog you promised that you would not let things like this happen his moment said he’s your responsibility any problems there well yeah look at the contraction he’s your responsibility your is a contraction that means you are and that’s wrong it should be possessive your should be while you are relating to or belonging to you it’s possessive so cross out the contraction your and write in why oh you are and then do the same on your computer you know how to do it jaim√© side he always wanted a dog but he was surprised that it required more of him than he’d thought he had to take Murphy out for a walk twice a day wash him play with him feed him clean up after him any problems in that sentence he had to take Murphy out for a walk for as a number that’s wrong should be fo r fo r is a preposition so cross out the fo you are in right fo r above it look at the next sentence he loved Murphy Jamie had just never realized how much of a responsibility having a pet actually meant any problems no by the time Jamie made his way downstairs Murphy was already at the door impatient to be let out he barked excitingly the moment he saw Jamie any problems no hello boy Jamie said patting his dog affectionately and attaching the leash to the collar are you ready let’s go any problems no let’s go to the next sentence the two of them made their way to the park where they pass by other people walking their pets any problems there well yeah first of all the tio is wrong it’s the two of them the number two so TW o replaces tio so cross out the T oh and right T wo above it and then make the editing change on your computer the two of them made their way to the park made their way it’s their way it should be possessive there means in that place there is relating to her belonging to so there th er he is crossed out and right the possessive th e I are above it the two of them made their way to the park where they pass by other people walking their pets is there another word that’s wrong well yeah by by means to purchase something B Y means close to something so bi is crossed out and B Y is placed above it perfect bark at some of the squirrels had chased after rabbits any problems no he then rolled among the early spring flowers any problem there well flowers is wrong flower is a ground-up grain very fine we bake with flour but he didn’t roll a bug that he rolled among the flowers FL o WR so flowers FL o urs has crossed out then the correct word is written above it FL o wer s then make the same correction on your computer Jamie laughed as he saw Murphy’s plenty antics after he had run together and enjoyed the fresh morning air they made their way back home both were very hungry and thirsty any problems there well yeah the word very is wrong VAR y that means to be different and that’s not the right word the right word is very V er Y which means to a great degree extremely so do the correction let’s look at the next sentence Jamie made sure that Murphy had plenty to eat and drink before he washed up and served himself some cereal any problem with that well yeah the word cereal the way it’s spelled means to arrange or happen in a series but cereals breakfast food so it should be changed so it’s C er he al so the one cereal is crossed out and cereal breakfast food has written above it as Jamie ate his breakfast Murphy sat next to him and rested his head against his leg any problems there well eight is a number should be eight a te so eight the numbers crossed out and a te is written above it and then typed on the computer Murphy sat next to him and rested his head against his leg Jamie was glad he realized that with Murphy around he never felt lonely or bored Jamie really loved his dog any problems there well yeah the word bored is wrong bored there is a long thin piece of wood board means to be tired or annoyed at things are uninterested so bored Bo AR D needs to be replaced with Bo re d and then type it on your computer make the correction on your computer now we’ve done a lot let’s go back and count them we should have 14 words that were wrong let’s count them 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 hey we got them all you and I have done good together now your job is going to be to do the other exercises just like we did these this is an important skill that you’re learning and it makes you a better writer and a better editor you