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.