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Editing Essays

After making big changes to improve your essay, you need to make little changes (editing) to correct any remaining errors. You'll look for problems with sentences, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, and spelling. The following activities will help you edit and publish your writing.

Editing End Punctuation

Sentences end in a period, question mark, or exclamation point. These punctuation marks are like traffic signs because they signal that a sentence has come to a stop. Here are the rules for using these marks.

  • Use a period at the end of a statement.

    Thirty-five third graders in the school answered two questions.

  • Use a question mark at the end of a question.

    What is your favorite ocean mammal?

  • Use an exclamation point to show strong emotion.

    They crack oysters open on rocks on their bellies!

Watch the video "Using End Punctuation"

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Punctuate sentences.

Add the correct end punctuation to each one of these sentences. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

This lesson is a part of the Writing Essays unit.

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