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Especially for elementary classrooms: From The Writing Strategies Book (Serravalo, 2017), Guess What! is an editing strategy for identifying incomplete sentences.


Guess What! helps students identify incomplete sentences by saying to themselves “Guess what!” then reading a sentence of their writing. As a response to the statement, the sentence should then make sense if it is a complete sentence but not make sense if it is incomplete.

For example:

  • Complete: “Guess What! I like to eat apples.”
  • Incomplete: “Guess What! Green trees and grass.”

Encourage students to read aloud when performing such a strategy, and consider a cooperative partner activity where one student reads it aloud, and the other responds with whether it makes sense.

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