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  • 1. ProofreadingMs. Clarkes way to happiness andsuccess with writing. A SEVEN STEP PROCESS

2. Seven Steps When you have completed all seven steps youwill have identified all the possible errors. Checking your paper sentence by sentenceensures that you are focusing on what is actuallyon the page, not just what you think should beon the page! 3. The Seven Steps 1. Check for complete sentences 2. Check for words that are left out and checkfor words or ideas that are repeated 3. Check all words for capitalization mistakes. 4. Check for all punctuation mistakes. 5. Check for subject-verb agreement. 6. Check for problems in usage. 7. Check for misspelled words. 4. Step 1 Complete Sentences A sentence is complete when it has: A Subject What or who is the sentence about. A Verb What is being said about the subject, orwhat did the subject do. A Capital letter at the beginning. An end mark at the end. It makes complete sense. 5. Step 2 Are Words left out or repeated? Sometimes we start a sentence with an idea andthen restate the idea at the end because weforgot what we said. Sometimes we accidentally repeat or leave outwords because we know what we meant to say,but forget to actually say it. 6. Step 3 Check for CapitalizationMistakes All proper nouns should be capitalized. All proper adjectives should be capitalized. Important words in Titles should be capitalized. Common nouns should not be capitalized. If you arent sure LOOK IT UP! 7. Step 4 Check for Punctuation Mistakes Five Punctuation marks: Commas, Periods, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks Underlining. Check for each kind of mistake. If you arent sure LOOK IT UP! 8. Step 5 Subject-Verb Agreement If you have a singular subject you should have asingular verb. The cat plays with the yarn (correct) The cats plays with the yarn (incorrect) The cat play with the yarn (incorrect) If you have a plural subject you should have aplural verb. Be careful in identifying the correct subject soyou know which type of verb to use. 9. Step 6 Check for problems inusage. Pronoun usage does the pronoun refer to aspecific, already identified noun within theparagraph. Double negatives two nots make a do. A/an choices An comes before a 10. Step 7 - Check for Misspelled Words Keep an eye out for misused homonyms (words thatsound alike but have different spellings and meanings) Check each word starting from the end of the sentenceand working toward the beginning. (this keeps youfrom assuming what the word will be because ofcontext and helps you see what is actually on the page) IF YOU ARENT ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE LOOKIT UP! 11. Benefits of Ms. Clarkes approach There are seven types of errors you can make. The hunt and find method of proofreading isbased on finding a percentage of your mistakes. My system ensures you will find 100% of theerrors in your paper. 12. This powerpoint was kindly donated towww.worldofteaching.com is home to over athousand powerpoints submitted by teachers. This is acompletely free site and requires no registration. Pleasevisit and I hope it will help in your teaching.