These activity sheets will teach your students the methods used for editing and proofreading.

Proofreading is the final step of the writing process. We encourage to never proofread right after you complete a draft. Give yourself some time to clear your head. If you jump right into you will tend to read what you intended to write not what actually appears on the page. Before you start make sure that you are using the correct medium for you. Some people can work right off of the computer screen, but more people find it helpful to print the work out and use a pen to correct their work. Also make sure that you have a quiet place to work and read the work aloud to yourself for the best results. You may want to proofread in parts if the work is very lengthy. I often start the process by writing down the overall goal of my work and after I read it through once, I ask myself if I achieved that goal. Make sure that every point you make is crystal clear to the reader. Make sure to read slowly and go over each sentence with a fine-tooth comb. Let your students know that spell check and grammar check won't catch every mistake (they are particularly bad about catching homonyms). Even writers that use computers can benefit from a real person looking over their work. The following collection of worksheets will introduce your students to proofreading and editing.

These worksheets will walk you through the process of using shorthand while editing. We will introduce you to commonly used symbols that you may find helpful as you review your own work. Remember these lessons and worksheets are made to help you grasp the process, not write a better story than what was written by the author. Activities include correcting all mistakes within a given paragraph, using three common ways of correcting run-on sentences, learning to proofread and how to use editing marks correctly, and more. Please Note: While answer sheets have been provided for each worksheet for instructors, in some cases, student answers may vary slightly.

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Printable Proofreading and Editing Worksheets

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An Editor's Guide

Errors in a written work distract readers, and can prevent the author's point from coming across. Checking a written work for errors as a final step before publishing it is called proofreading. There are special marks that can be used to indicate that there is an error in a text.

Where are the Mistakes?

It was a busy morning. first, Eddie work up early, so his mother cooked him breakfast instead of just handing him banana on his way out the door. While she was turning a pancake the baby woke up. Then the cat hissed at the dog, and when the dog was running away, he knocked over the recycling bin.

Editing Run-on Sentences

A run-on sentence is two or more complete sentences that are punctuated as one long sentence. Run on sentences often occur in first drafts, but can be corrected during the editing process.

Find the Mistakes

How many mistakes can you find? Circle all of the mistakes that you find in the passage.

Where Are the Problems?

How many mistakes can you find? Circle all of the mistakes that you find in the passage.

Proofreading Marks

Use the proofreading marks below to correct the assigned text.

My Mistake?

Katys father is a doctor. He takes car of sick children helps them to get better. he also gives children shots, and talks to them and their parents about how to stay healthy Katy likes to visit her father at his office, because he always has a pocket full of Lollipops!

Ted Needs an Editor!

Ted has written a paragraph about how to wash your hands. Read Ted's paragraph. Make corrections so that his paragraph makes sense, and is easy to follow. Make sure Ted's paragraph has lead, a topic sentence, and a conclusion.

Proofreading Practice

The paragraph below needs to be proofread. Use editing marks to make corrections. Then rewrite the paragraph on the lines below, correcting the errors.

Editing Informal Letters

Mrs. Jenkins, the school librarian, wrote a letter to her friend who lives in another state. Her letter contains eight errors. Find them and correct them. Rewrite her letter on the lines below.

Start with a Peer Review

It can be hard to see your own work objectively. Sometimes when you read your own work, you see what you meant to write, and not what actually ended up on the page. Peer review is a process by which a piece of writing is checked by others in the same field to make sure that it meets the necessary standards before it is published.


Rewrite each sentence to correct the errors.

Create a Podcast!

Kelly has written an article about how to create a podcast. Before it is published in the school newspaper, it is your job to edit Kelly's work. Circle the errors that you find in Kelly's article.

Create a Podcast! Part 2

This is the follow up to the previous worksheet.

Haley's Mess

Haley has written a short article for her local newspaper. Her article contains a few errors. Circle the errors. Then rewrite the article on the lines below.

Get into STEM!

Time to be the editor! Use editing marks to make corrections to the article below.

Get Ready to Proofread!

Errors in a written work can be very distracting for readers. Proofreading means to check your work for errors. Only when a text is error-free can your reader can concentrate on what it is you are saying.

Proof the Paragraph

Many people think of mosquitos as being just annoying, but they can actually be very dangerous pests. they can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika Mosquitoes are usually found in areas where there is standing water. Some Communities try to control mosquito populations spraying insecticides.

My Marks

Use proofreading marks to correct the paragraph.

Spirit Week

How many mistakes can you find? Circle all of the mistakes that you find in the passage.

It Pays to Proofread

It had been a bad Week. On Monday, Mr. Miller had gotten a flat tire on his way to work He didn't have a spare, and he ended up being three hours late.

Proofreading Marks Quiz

On the line below each proofreading mark, write what the mark means. Then use these marks to correct the assigned text.

The House on the Corner

The house on the corner is sale. It is a rancher. it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also has a hug back yard that is completely fenced it, so it would be a great house for pet owners. My father says that the asking price is fairly low, so I expect that soon we will have new neighbors?

Practice Your Proofreading Skills

Use the marks provided to proofread the paragraph.

Home Spa Day!

The paragraph below needs to be proofread. Use proofreading marks to make corrections.

Marcia's Letter

Marcia is writing a letter to her friend Joe. But before she can send it, it needs to be proofread. Read Marcia's letter. Circle the errors.

Visual Markings

Use the proofreading marks above to proofread the passage.

Where Sis I Go Wrong?

Circle the error(s) in each sentence.

The Harried Harpers

There was always so much to do! Mrs. harper picked up her five-year-old from kindergarten. She went to the grocery story and ran some other errands. Then she picked up her ten-year old from school and took the girl's straight to their music lessons.

Real-World Proofreading

Haley has written a short classified ad for her local newspaper, but the ad contains a few errors. Circle the errors.

Checklist Editing

Read the passage. Circle the errors. Use the checklist to indicate the kinds of errors you found in the passage.