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  • 1. Proofreading
  • 2. Proofreading According to Jan Madraso,“Proofreading is a reading skill, but it ‘involves a deliberate effort to counteract the “normal” process of reading’ (Harris1987, 464). When we read, we read for comprehension. Our eye movements are rapid, too rapid to see the details within words—failing to see some words at all (West 1983, 287). As soon as we grasp the meaning when reading for comprehension, our eyes move ahead. Significantly, ‘we see what we expect to see. The brain corrects for omissions and oversights’ (West 286-87). It is not surprising, then, that simple reading is not an effective proofreading strategy” (32).Madraso, Jan. “Proofreading: The Skill We’ve Neglected to Teach.”English Journal 82.2 (1993): 32-41.
  • 3. Proofread Techniques Try some of these strategies  Read paragraphs backwards  Read slowly  Identify the subject and verb for each sentence  Find the independent clause by subtracting the dependent clauses  Check for punctuation only; check for content only
  • 4. Homonyms or “Homophones” Homonyms are words that are phonetically the same but have different meanings Example: They’re/Their/There Use your dictionary function on Word Read for intention and meaning
  • 5. Proofreading Tips for Home Read aloud Read sentences out of context and work your way up through the essay Wait an hour before you proofread Make a list of homophones and contractions to search for Check difficult words with a dictionary Proofread as much as possible
  • 6. Proofreading Tips for Home Read aloud Read sentences out of context and work your way up through the essay Wait an hour before you proofread Make a list of homophones and contractions to search for Check difficult words with a dictionary Proofread as much as possible