PEER EDITING SELF EDITING 3. PROOFREADING ?· PEER EDITING / SELF EDITING 3. PROOFREADING CHECKLIST…

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  • PEEREDITING/SELFEDITING3.PROOFREADINGCHECKLIST

    1. Makesurethateverysentencebeginswithacapitalletterandendswithaperiod,questionsmark,orexclamationpoint.

    2. Makesurethateverypropernoun(name)beingswithacapitalletter.3. Checkforhomonyms,wordsthatsoundthesame,buthavedifferentmeaningsandare

    spellingdifferently:their/there/theyre,two/too/to,accept/except,andits/its.Makesurethatyouhaveusedthecorrectword.

    4. Checkthatyoursubjectsandverbsagree.Thiscanoftenbeaproblemifthereareotherwordsbetweenthesubjectandtheverb.Foreg.Oneofthesisterslivenearme.Thisiscorrect.Thewriterhasmadetheverb,live,agreewiththenoun,sisters.Howeverthewordsisters,isnotthesubjectofthesentence.Thewordoneis.Thecorrectversionis.Oneofthesisterslivesnearme.

    5. Checkthatyouareusingaconsistenttense.Inotherwords,youshouldnotbeswitchingbackandforthbetweenpastandpresenttense.EgInthatstory,Haroldisthemaincharacter.Hehasapetcat.Haroldwassadwhenthecatgotlost.Doyouseethetenseshiftbetweenthefirsttwosentencesandthethirdone?

    6. Makesurethatyouareusingcompletesentences.Eg.Haroldwassad.Whenthecatgotlost.Whenthecatgotlostisasentencefragment.Itisnotacompletethoughtanditisnotacompletesentence.ItneedstobejoinedtoHaroldwassad,asintheexampleinnumber5.

    7. Checkforrunonsentences.Thesearesentencesthatareputtogetherwithoutusingajoiningword(egand,but,or).EgHehadapetcathewassadwhenitgotlost.Thisisonetypeofarunonsentence.Itshouldread:Hehadapetcat.Hewassadwhenitgotlost.Anothercorrectoptionwouldbe:Hehadapetcat,andhewaswhenitgotlost.Anothertypeofrunonsentenceiswhentoomanysentencesareputtogetherwithjoiningwords.Eg.Inthestory,Haroldisthemaincharacter,andhehasapetcat,andhewassadwhenthecatgotlost,buthefoundthecatinthenearbypark,andhebroughtithome,anditwasreallygladtoseehim.Thissentenceshouldbedividedintoatleastthreesentences.

    8. Didyouuseapostropheswhenyouusedthepossessiveform?(exception:its.)Eg.Thatismybrotherscar.(possessive)Hehastwobrothers.(Pluralnoapostrophe).

    9. Haveyougivenyourcompositionanappropriateandinterestingtitle.10. Ifthisisaformalwritingsituation,makesurethatyouavoidusingslang.Internet

    abbreviations(eg.uforyou),oremoticons,suchas::):^):^(Alsoinaformalwritingsituation,numbersshouldbewrittenoutinfulltext(ten,not10),unlesstheyaremorethanthreewords,(147,Notonehundredfortyseven).

    11. Haveyouusedcommasproperly?Usecommasforlists.Eg.Heboughtapples,pears,andoranges.Usecommaswhenyouarejoiningtwocompletesentencesusingaconjunctions,suchasand,but,oror.Eg.Hewenttothestore,andheboughtsomemilk.Usecommasafteranintroductiontosentence.Eg.Whenhegotthere,thestorewasoutofbananas.Ontheotherhand,therewereplentyofgrapes.

    12. Haveyouavoidedthesecommonareas?Alotincorrect...Correctversionalot,wouldof,couldof,orshouldofincorrect..Correctversionwouldhave(orwouldve),couldhave(orcouldve),shouldhave(orshouldve).

  • Thelistincludesmostofthemorecommonerrorsthathighschoolstudentsmake.Formoreinformation,orforotherkindsoferrors,seeyourwritershandbook.

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