Peer Editing for Grammar and Punctuation
Proofreading <ul><li>According to Jan Madraso,“Proofreading is a reading skill, but it ‘involves a deliberate effort to co...
Homonyms or “Homophones” <ul><li>Homonyms are words that are phonetically the same but have different meanings </li></ul><...
Proofreading Tips for Home <ul><li>Read aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Read sentences out of context and work your way up through...
Exchange Papers <ul><li>Read the last sentence in each paragraph and work your way up </li></ul><ul><li>Read sentences slo...
Proofreading Activity <ul><li>Exchange essays with a classmate </li></ul><ul><li>Read the introduction for surface issues,...
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Proofreading for 2011

  1. 1. Peer Editing for Grammar and Punctuation
  2. 2. Proofreading <ul><li>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). </li></ul>Madraso, Jan. “Proofreading: The Skill We’ve Neglected to Teach.” English Journal 82.2 (1993): 32-41.
  3. 3. Homonyms or “Homophones” <ul><li>Homonyms are words that are phonetically the same but have different meanings </li></ul><ul><li>Example: They’re/Their/There </li></ul><ul><li>Use your dictionary function on Word </li></ul><ul><li>Read for intention and meaning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Proofreading Tips for Home <ul><li>Read aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Read sentences out of context and work your way up through the essay </li></ul><ul><li>Wait an hour before you proofread </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of homophones and contractions to search for </li></ul><ul><li>Check difficult words with a dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread as much as possible </li></ul>
  5. 5. Exchange Papers <ul><li>Read the last sentence in each paragraph and work your way up </li></ul><ul><li>Read sentences slowly and ask the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Does the sentence have a subject and verb? Does it make sense? Read it aloud if you must </li></ul><ul><li>Read the paragraph twice and mark issues </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the issues with your group members </li></ul><ul><li>Hint: find the independent clause by subtracting the dependent clauses </li></ul>
  6. 6. Proofreading Activity <ul><li>Exchange essays with a classmate </li></ul><ul><li>Read the introduction for surface issues, but start with the last sentence in the paragraph and work your way to the first </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid searching for content problems </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar, spelling and punctuation are the name of the game </li></ul>

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