Proofreading has never been more FUN! Students help Detective Super Proofer find mistakes in high-interest, mystery-based passages. Students not only sharpen their proofreading skills, but learn fascinating information about unsolved mysteries.
Topics of the cases (passages) include:
• Bermuda Triangle
• Bouvet Island Lifeboat
• D.B. Cooper
• Crop Circles
• Egyptian Mummies
• Loch Ness Monster
• The Great Pyramid of Giza
• Unidentified Flying Objects
Student detectives look for the following types of errors in the Mystery-based passages:
• subject-verb agreement
• verb tenses
Directions for Students
Students read each passage before starting to proofread. Then they read the passage again. They underline each mistake they find. Students correct the mistakes they find in order on a separate sheet of paper. When they have found and corrected all sixteen mistakes, they copy their answers on the lines under the passage.
This unit also includes:
• a Note to Student Detectives (complete step-by-step instructions)
• a Sample Lesson (to do together as a class before assigning individual or group work)
• an Answer Key for each passage
• a Cases Completed Sheet (to keep track of the cases solved)
• a Student Record Sheet (to keep track of the number of correct answers for each case)
• an Award Certificate for completion of the unit
As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Check my store for other popular proofreading units – each with a different theme.
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Proofreading Practice • Mysteries • © 2018 Linda Schwartz • Pizzazz Learning
Cover and inside art © Yael Weiss
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