Identifying errors in writing

Home learning focus

To be able to identify errors in writing.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about identifying errors

  • three activities to do at home


When you've finished a piece of writing, it's important to make sure you check it for errors.

There are four things to check for:

  • make sure your sentences flow nicely

  • double-check your facts

  • check everything makes sense

  • look out for spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes

Most authors, even famous ones, rewrite their stories many times before they are happy to let someone else read them.

Watch this short video to find out more.

Explore some tips on how to identify errors in writing.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Spotting some errors

Click on the box below and see how many errors you can spot.

Activity 2: Let's write about yourself

How do you keep fit and healthy? Maybe you play sports or do regular exercise.

Write three sentences that tell somebody which exercises or sports you enjoy doing and why you do them.

  • Make sure you include joining words in your sentences. These are words that join two clauses in a sentence together. They are words like and, but and or.
  • Once you've written your sentences make sure you double check your spelling, punctuation and use of capital letters.

Activity 3: Let's correct mistakes

Click on the link below and see if you can correctly re-write the text to have no errors in it.

If you can't print the worksheet, you can either re-write it on paper or re-write it on your computer.

Re-writing errors

Where next?

In this lesson you have identified errors in existing texts and also checked your own work for errors.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you.

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