WRITING STRATEGIES C.O.P.S. & Writers Workshop

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WRITING STRATEGIES
C.O.P.S.
Ashley Clifton, Lauren Florio,
Megan Geiss, Amy Gielow,
Angela Kreher, Gina Tenuta
C.O.P.S Writing Strategy
 Grade
Levels: 2-12
 Subject Area: English/ Language Arts
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Writing
Handwriting
Listening
Written Expression
Spelling
Research
Outline of C.O.P.S Strategy
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C: Capitalization
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Are the capitals in
correct places?
Are proper nouns,
titles, and the
beginnings of
sentences all
capitalized?
Outline of C.O.P.S. Cont.
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O: Organization
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Spaces between
words & double
spacing between
lines?
Is neat printing/
writing/ typing utilized?
Are paragraphs
indented?
Do paragraphs follow
the model?
Are complete
sentences used?
Outline of C.O.P.S. Cont.
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P: Punctuation
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Is the punctuation
correct?
Are there proper end
marks, commas, semicolons, colons,
quotation marks, and
hyphens used as
required?
Outline of C.O.P.S Cont.
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S: Spelling
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Are all words spelled
correctly?
Is student utilizing
tools such as lists,
word walls,
dictionaries, or spell
check technology?
Ways to Use The C.O.P.S Strategy
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Students can use C.O.P.S to self correct
as they write using the C.O.P.S strategy
as a checklist
Students can use C.O.P.S as a final
editing checklist of a written piece of
work before the final draft is written
Why it Works
 Strategy
can be taught to an entire
classroom, or to an individual
 Students can be given the C.O.P.S
strategy in handout form or written on the
chalkboard for reference
 C.O.P.S can be used two ways, first as a
self correct strategy during the writing
process, and secondly as a final editing
checklist
References
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(2003). Ian Forsyth School Presents: Steps in the
Research Process. Retrieved
August 23, 2007, from The COPS Strategy / Table Web
site:
http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/ducann/grassroots%20cops
%20strategy.htm
 Arthur, B. & Zell, N. (1990). WRITE UP: A strategy for
teaching creative writing skills to emotionally disturbed
students. Preventing School Failure, 34(4), 26-31.
 Polloway, Edward A., & Shannon, Ted R. (1993).
Promoting error monitoring in middle school students
with LD. Intervention in school and clinic, 45(3), 160-164.
www.ldonline.org/article/6215

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