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Proofreading is like Checking Your Teeth (DISTANCE LEARNING): for ANY Essay!

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Now includes Google, PDF, *and* Office versions! 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 (PDF, Google Slides, 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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Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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