Use the following checklist for proofreading your writing before you finalize your first draft. Make copies of this form to use with all your writing assignments.
|____ Have you spelled all words correctly? Use the following tips:
•Use spell check.
•Circle words that might be wrong and look them up.
•Consult the commonly mixed pairs list.
____ Does each sentence end with the correct punctuation mark?
____ Have you begun all sentences with a capital letter?
____ Check comma usage:
•Commas separate items in a series.
•Commas precede coordinating conjunctions (and, but, so, for or, nor, yet) in compound sentences.
•Commas DO NOT separate two complete sentences. (This is called a comma splice).
____ Have you used apostrophes to show possession or to mark contractions or to show missing numbers (as in ‘99)?
____ Is all dialogue or written conversation properly punctuated?
____ All proper names of people, places and things are capitalized.
____ Check subjects and verbs to see that they agree in tense and in number.
____ Do pronouns and antecedents agree?
____ Check for run-ons, comma splices and sentence fragments.
____ Have you written an appropriate title that reflects the main topic of your essay or paragraph?
____ Do all your paragraphs:
•support the main thesis?
•contain a topic sentence?
•contain only sentences (3-5) that support the topic sentence?
•use effective transitions between ideas?
____ Have you read your paper out loud (or had it read to you) to listen for confusing wording or missing ideas?
____ Does your essay/paragraph meet the assignment requirements?
____ Does your assignment meet the format requirements found in The Falcon Skills & Style Handbook?
format] [developing a paragraph] [5
paragraph essay format]
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Language Arts Across the Curriculum
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Edited by Dawn Hogue