Proofreading is like Checking Your Teeth: 45-Minute Lesson for ANY Writing!

Proofreading is like Checking Your Teeth: 45-Minute Lesson for ANY Writing!
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It’s embarrassing to find out you have food stuck in your teeth. It’s just as bad to get caught with a really bad, noticeable grammar error – people notice.

This lesson reinforces why editing is important and uses a real-life simile to better understand how bad grammar can stick out to readers. Good writers use multiple strategies, like rereading, reading aloud, and collaborating, to polish their work, and this lesson helps you deliver this message.

This handout (both PDF and editable PPT files), applicable to ANY ongoing draft of writing, can be used anytime you need to stress the importance of editing skills: before testing, before a final draft deadline, before teaching a grammar standard, and more. It can be used in many grade and ability levels, given to anyone who needs a reality check, needs to care, or needs to be shown HOW to revise.

This lesson includes a narrative introduction, an example paragraph full of errors, a checklist of strategies (“Look in the mirror!”), and then an immediate formative assessment opportunity.

Use this lesson to collect formative data in two ways. First, students choose ONE paragraph from their current draft to proofread under the microscope of their new perspective; then, an exit ticket asks students to restate why proofreading matters and what strategies they’ve learned.

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• FREE: Conclusions are like Dessert
Thesis Statements are like Menus
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Body Paragraphs are like Courses
Transitions are like Waiters
Evidence is like Seasoning

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Last File Update: July 2017

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