Planning, drafting, editing and publishing planning cards

The Cards

Downloadable copies of the cards can be obtained by clicking the links below.

Editing Glasses – Lanyards – Punctuation Cricket – Example Checklist – Loyalty Cards Success Criteria

The Instructions

Editing Glasses

Simply to signify that editing is an important part of the writing process. Wearing the glasses means that we are having a long close look at our writing. A simple form of dressing up.


Another form of dressing up. One side of the lanyard indicates which aspect of the writing we are looking at and the other side contains of the key features of that writing we are checking.

Punctuation Cricket

To be used selectively when children lack consistency with punctuation. In innings one, we count the number of ‘runs’ the children scored according to the criteria. For example, one run each for capital letter, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark and four for commas for embedded clauses or semi colons and other higher level punctuation. Pupils then edit their draft and total up the number of marks scored in innings two. The improvement is usually noticeable and countable.

Example Checklist

Very similar to success criteria, but with actual examples taken from the model text or the expectations within the writing.

Loyalty Cards

These were designed to reward the use of age related expectations over a period of time so that children would become consistent in their use of these features. A ‘stamp’ or a sticker to collect.

Success Criteria

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New addition – Quickwrite… and an old favourite

Think it/ Say it… is a tried and tested approach and very useful for beginning writers. Quickwrite has proved to be one of the most popular approaches to drafting and editing in recent years. Have a look at the original idea by author Tom Palmer in this video.

How to Edit a Paragraph – Tom Palmer

I have Quickwrite templates for several year groups. Please get in touch if you would like to have a look.