Proofreading is important! It teaches students to identify problem areas in their writing. Once they know what mistakes they are making, they will eventually be able to avoid them.
After students complete an essay, I assign this proofreading assignment.
Proofreading is often overlooked.
It’s one of the last things we teach, as an afterthought, but one of the MOST important steps in the writing process.
By the way, this can be used for proofreading non-fiction or fiction assignments. For proofreading non-fiction writing, teachers can use this as is (with or without the thesis sentence section) with students. For proofreading fiction, only use the following numbers: 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9. (Fiction writing is slightly different under the other subheadings.)
1) Remove unnecessary words
-using “of” when they should have used “about”
-using “should of” instead of “should have”
-mixing up they’re (they are)/there (location)/their
2) Remove all contractions from their essay
3) Remove extreme (hyperbolic) claims
In most situations, such hyperbole undermines credibility. (Except for Donald Trump it seems. Fascinating! By the way, I am amazed at his effective use of basic rhetorical techniques. And it works! )
-he was just (only applies to God)
4) Eliminate references to your paper:
-(in this paper, I will)
-(this is my conclusion)
-I am going to prove
5) Remove first person pronouns
– I believe
– My argument
6) Highlight every comma in the paper and correct comma splices (any color)