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Reading backward and moving from word to word with a pencil are just two of the many strategies employed by proofreaders that are included in a presentation about the editing stage of the writing process. In addition, viewers are asked to correct grammar and punctuation errors in sample sentences.
Identify and develop strategies for proofreading with your class. They read and identify the grammar rules for capitalization, end punctuation, and commas, correct errors as a class, and complete three worksheets. This resource includes a script to follow along.
Encourage your fourth graders to edit their written work before composing a final draft. With this lesson, learners have previously answered a writing prompt about winning a million dollars. Using their first draft and the proofreading sheet, they will revisit their original work. They will highlight their most favorite aspect and decide on ways to make their paper better. Then, they switch with a partner and fill out the same proofreading sheet for their piece. Finally, they are ready to write a final draft!
Proofreading is an important part of the writing process. Why? Each time we read or reread our written work, we can think of ways to improve it. FIrst, learners take paragraphs they wrote about themselves in a past lesson plan. They reread their work with the help of the proofreading sheet included. After describing how they could improve their own paragraph, they proofread that of a friend's to do the same thing. The original prompt is not included here, but you could easily recreate it. 
Examine the key strategies to proofreading a piece of writing for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics and spelling. Eighth graders practice putting into correct passage commonly confused words (too, two, to) when writing to a particular audience.
Fourth graders understand the importance of correcting their work. For this proofreading lesson, 4th graders complete a worksheet with misspelled words.
Fourth graders explore the proofreading process. They discuss the instructions for proofreading. Students practice proofreading and peer editing their classmates writing. They discuss ways to make their writing better.
Explore proofreading strategies with this instructional activity. Eighth graders practice finding errors in punctuation, capitalization, and formatting. Then, they write about a given topic and then proofread their compositions, looking for errors in mechanics.
Fourth graders explore the proofreading process. They practice proofreading for errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics. Students develop strategies for proofreading and differentiate between commonly confused words.
Fourth graders explore various proofreading strategies. They develop their proofreading strategies. Students find and correct errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics. They discuss sentence formation, usage, and mechanics.
Eighth graders discover the importance and meaning of proofreading and discuss what kinds of errors can be made when writing. They listen to the explanation of subject and verb agreement and then play a Memory type of game matching the subject and verb.
Fifth graders practice proofreading skills. For this proofreading lesson, 5th graders check their work for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling errors. They participate in a proofreading relay where each person takes a turn fixing mistakes in a sentence. 
Students explore language arts by correcting grammatical errors. In this proofreading lesson, students identify the importance of editing their own writing and demonstrate their proofreading abilities by correcting several incorrect sample sentences. Students participate in a class grammar game and complete more proofreading for homework.
Eighth graders respond to a given writing prompt. They write three paragraphs explaining their opinion, using a writing guide to brainstorm and organize their thoughts. They proofread and edit their writing and make any needed corrections.
Students explore interactive web sites to improve their editing and proofreading skills. Using the SMART Board, students identify capitalization and punctuation errors in a given sentence. Students discuss proofreading strategies.
Students explore and apply their proofreading skills in order to prepare their project essays for peer editing and final drafting. They refine their final project essays by identifying and correcting spelling and grammatical errors.
Eighth graders write and proofread dictated sentences. In this spelling lesson, 8th graders practice writing 4 dictated sentences. They proofread the sentences for spelling, written conventions, apostrophes, plurals, "ie"/"ei" spellings, and silent letters. They complete the associated worksheet.
Fourth graders read a paragraph and correct the errors on a worksheet to develop proofreading skills. In this proofreading lesson, 4th graders understand the mistakes in sentences and correct them.
In this proofreading instructional activity, students answer multiple choice and true and false questions on proofreading. Students complete 8 questions total.
Happy birthday! Celebrate everyone's birthday with this writing activity, which prompts seventh graders to research historical events in a country at the time of their birth to create an essay. Working in pairs, they proofread each others' papers, focusing on grammar and punctuation.

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