To understand what proofreading is and how to use it to improve your writing.
This lesson includes:
two videos that explain the importance of checking your writing for mistakes
Proofreading is the process of looking through your work, finding mistakes and correcting them. It’s a very important part of the writing process.
Most authors, even famous ones, check and rewrite their stories many times before they are happy to let someone else read them.
Watch this short clip to learn more about proofreading.
Top proofreading tips
Once your story is finished, read it to yourself.
Pretend that someone else wrote the story, see how well you think the story is written and then rewrite it to make it better.
Use conjunctions to make your sentences flow and make sense.
Double-check your facts.
Look out for spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes.
Look for words or sentences that you can make better by choosing different vocabulary, adding description or adding adverbs.
Now watch the following clip to see why it’s also important to proofread in everyday life.
You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Practise your proofreading skills by highlighting the mistakes. Can you spot all three?
Now have a go at correcting the punctuation mistakes.
Read Lauren's diary entry. It’s a good start, but the spelling, punctuation and grammar needs proofreading. That's your job!
You could print the extract out and edit it by crossing out mistakes and adding in corrections, like your teacher would.
Or you could write a list of all the mistakes you can spot on a sheet of paper instead.
Look out for:
spelling mistakes (such as ‘gud’ which should be spelled ‘good’)
punctuation mistakes (such as missing full stops and capital letters)
grammatical errors (such as missing words or words not in the past tense)
Now choose three paragraphs from Lauren's diary entry and rewrite them.
This time you should focus on improving the quality of her writing by adding more detail and description.
- add more impressive vocabulary
- add adjectives
- add adverbs
- add more detail
For example: ‘As the sun came though my curtain’ could become 'As the pale, morning sun glimmered around the edges of my curtains.'
Choose three paragraphs that follow on from each other.