Checking for mistakes

Learning focus

Learn how to find mistakes in writing and correct them.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about identifying errors

  • three activities


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:

  1. Make sure your sentences flow nicely.

  2. Double-check your facts.

  3. Check everything makes sense.

  4. 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

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

Activity 2

The following text has all its punctuation and capital letters missing!

Can you be a super spotter and find and correct all the mistakes?

Write each sentence out making sure to include all the capital letters and punctuation needed.

  1. there once was a boy called tom

  2. he loved playing basketball

  3. his team was called the raging ravens

  4. do you like playing basketball


Check you have written the sentences correctly by looking at this answer sheet.

Activity 3

Below are some sentences all about the jungle. Whoever wrote them did not check them properly and they don't make much sense.

Rewrite each sentence so that it makes sense.

You may need to:

  • add in a missing word
  • change a word (for example, walk to walked.)
  • take out some words
  1. Jungles have lots tall trees, long vines and beautiful flowers.

  2. Some of the most well-known jungles are in Central America and South America, but there are lots of others lots of around the world.

  3. There are many animals that live in jungles, like tiger, monkey, cobra and insect.

  4. The weather in the jungle is very hot and humid is the weather in the jungle.


You can check your answers using this answer sheet.

Where next?

In this lesson you have identified errors in existing texts and learnt how to check your own work for errors.

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