Do your students have difficulty learning the ins and outs of proofreading? Are they unsure where they should begin looking? This generic writing checklist hits many of the major elements of writing a lengthy project. This resource, intended to be used with a proofreading partner or during writer's conferences, asks students to look for specific elements in their writing. Once they have found those elements, the checklist asks them to either provide a comment or suggestion for ways to improve the paper. This is a great tool for those just learning to proofread and become aware of their writing, as well as students who might have modifications and need more explicit directions. The checklist allows students to move seamlessly through their papers and clues them in on what they should be looking for.
To use with a partner, assign students in pairs and have them read each other's papers. Then, have them follow the checklist and answer the questions.
To use as a writing conference paper, direct the student through each checklist point, asking the guided questions on the paper and helping the student search through his or her paper for the required elements.