Writers Workshop: Revising (ARMS) & Editing (COPS)

We are making our way through the writing process and have come to the two trickiest parts- revising & editing.

It always seems to hard to differentiate between the two-- during revising, I always see kids working on spelling or capital letters and the chance to really delve in and work on description and sensory details is lost.

I came across some great help on Pinterest (of course!) and wanted to share my Revising (ARMS) and Editing (COPS) anchor charts with you:

Analyze & Revise:

Note: I didn't draw the cute guy, he's from Microsoft Clipart :) I also added the marks on the right-hand side so kids knew what to do to add (use the carrot), remove (cross off) or move (circle and use an arrow) a word or sentence in their piece.

By the way, dead vs. alive words is SUCH a fun way to teach boring vs. exciting words. My boys, especially, LOVE to act out the fact that "said is dead" and hey, if that gets them to revise, I am willing to let them do it ;)

Editing & Proofreading:

Note: This guy is from Microsoft Clipart, too. I have also seen this done with "CUPS" where U=Usage, but that was a bit over my third-graders' heads, so I stuck with COPS and can now act like the Punctuation/Spelling/Capitalization Police if I want ;)

We have a district-given "High Frequency Word List" for third grade that we use (it comes from Rebecca Sitton's 1200 High Frequency Word List). I also encourage kids to use their "best effort" spelling, especially on this first piece. As long as it's not on their High Frequency List (I have them glue that to the inside cover of their Writer's Notebooks at the beginning of the year for reference), it can be their best try and I'm ok with that. This also keeps my reluctant writers and strugglers from looking in the dictionary for one word for...the....entire.....writing...........period.... ;)

And a great COPS display (that uses my favorite Scrappin' Doodles clipart!) can be found at The Eager Teacher- cuteness!

What do you do to teach the difference between revising and editing?


  1. I love these! What a great way to highlight the differences...I will be doing these for sure with my class. Thanks!

    The Craft of Teaching

    1. I'm so glad thy could help :) ARMS was new for me this year and I found it to help so much!


  2. Thanks so much for sharing your anchor charts Stephanie! I love your blog and your charts are always so creative and helpful!

  3. You know my class uses Arms and Cups but we never use it effectively. I am so copying these and using them, like tomorrow. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing these! Good resource and fun enough for the kids to remember!

    I boo'd you-stop by to find out about it!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  5. Love this post and I wanted to let you know I boo'd you! Head on over to my blog to see what I mean. It is okay if you don't want to play along, just wanted to let you know I appreciate your blog!
    Kickin' It With Class

  6. Hi Stephanie--Megan from I Teach, What's Your Superpower boo'd me and it led me to you--love your blog. I'm so fascinated by WBT--have you been doing it for long?

  7. Thanks for sharing these! I'll definitely be making these charts with my budding third grade writers! :)

    Yay Third Grade

  8. I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I will def adapt and make my own so my students have an excellent visual to help them become awesome writers. Thank you :)

    Always A Lesson

  9. This is great! I have such a hard time getting students to revise and edit. These charts are really cute and tell students exactly what to do. I will share this on my facebook (with a link of course). Great blog!

    Investigate, Create, and Differentiate

  10. My kids really liked these lists when I shared them today. I made my own posters to post, and hope it helps make a difference in my students' writing. Thanks for sharing!