Editing and Proofreading

Writing is not a one and done process. In fact, the stages of editing and proofreading, the focus of a flyer from a larger set of writing skills handouts, play a major role in creating a strong paper. However, as the reference sheet examples demonstrate, editing and proofreading are not the same thing. One focuses on the structure and content of the paper, while the other focuses on smaller issues, such as spelling and punctuation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Summarize the text in the form of a cheat sheet to use during the revision process
  • Introduce editing and proofreading symbols and practice using them
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes writers are familiar with the larger writing process and where revision falls within the steps
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Pros
  • Offers tips to make the process run more smoothly and be more effective
  • Explains the importance of taking time to edit and proofread a paper
Cons
  • Missing specific opportunities to directly put the skills to use
Common Core