Arianna Campbell December 28, 2017

Directions:

Proofreader: Answer all questions to the best of your ability. The writer’s grade somewhat depends on you. If you have questions or you are not sure about something, ask me. You need to read the paper several times. Do not skip sentences. Do not skim. Read very closely. Even read aloud quietly, so you can hear problems.

Writer: Make any changes necessary to gain a yes answer to all questions.

 

Introduction:

  1. Is there an attention-getter? _____ Yes ______ No
  2. Is there a mention of the book title and author’s name? ______ Yes ______ No
  3. Is there a good transition between the attention-getter and essential information? ____ Yes ____No
  4. Is there a thesis? ________ Yes ________No

Mark the thesis on the paper. Put a bracket next to it on the left side.

  1. Is the thesis at the end of the paragraph? ____ Yes _____ No
  2. Is the thesis supported by the topic sentences throughout the paper? ____ Yes _____ No

 

Body Paragraph #1

  1. Is there a topic sentence and is it the first or second sentence in the paragraph? ____ Yes ____ No

The topic sentence should preview what the paragraph is about.

  1. Does the writer introduce each quote/paraphrase by setting up context? _____ Yes _____ No

This means that there might be a little summary before the quote so that the reader knows from where the quote comes in the book.

  1. Does the writer provide a quote/paraphrase? ______ Yes _____ No
  2. Does the writes give the text citation for each quote/paraphrase? ____ Yes _____ No
  3. Is the quote connected to the writer’s own words? _____ Yes _____ No

Remember that you do not want to have a quote hanging out by itself.

  1. After the quote, is there some kind of explanation of how the quote supports the topic sentence? ____ Yes ___No

** Make sure the body paragraph does not start or end with a quote. Help your partner with transitions.

 

Body Paragraph #2

  1. Is there a topic sentence and is it the first or second sentence in the paragraph? ____ Yes ____ No
  2. Does the writer address the topic for the second paragraph? ____Yes ____No
  3. Does each sentence support the writer’s topic? ____Yes ____No
  4. Are all 3 ideas from the prior paragraph supported? ____Yes ____No

 

Body Paragraph #3

  1. Is there a topic sentence and is it the first or second sentence in the paragraph? ____ Yes ____ No
  2. Does the writer explain how the story would have been different? ____Yes ____No
  3. Does the writer fully develop his/her ideas so you can fully understand what he/she is saying would be different? ____Yes ____No

 

Conclusion:

  1. Does the writer reword his or her thesis near the beginning of the paragraph? ____ Yes ____ No
  2. Does the writer discuss summarize how his/her character is responsible? ____ Yes ____ No

 

Grammar/mechanics Checklist:

  1. Read through the entire paper and look at all of the words that end with –s. Check and make sure that the writer didn’t forget to make a possessive –s. On the paper, put ’s (apostrophe s) anywhere where it is needed.
  2. Read through the entire paper and look for any sentence that begins with the following words: when, because, since, if, although, after, even though, while, in order that. First, make sure these sentences are not fragments. Second, make sure there is a comma after the subordinate clause.
  3. Check for sentences beginning with the word “So.” Get rid of the word. It probably isn’t needed.
  4. Circle any use of the words “you,” “your,” “me,” “I,” “we,” and so on. Suggest how the writer can avoid these words.
  5. Read through the entire paper. Mark all uses of the words “they” and “their,” and make sure that the antecedents are plural.
  6. Read the entire paper and make sure that all sentences make sense. Mark sentences that don’t make sense and suggest how the writer can change them.
  7. Read the entire paper again and make sure that all words are spelled correctly. Circle words that are questionable. Check for common misspelled words: then, than, effect, affect, its, it’s, their, there, to, too, two.
  8. Check all quotes. Make sure that they are not by themselves and that they have page numbers. Make sure that the sentences are punctuated correctly. And make sure that the page numbers are done right.
  9. Make sure that the title of Romeo and Juliet is always underlined or in Italics.
  10. Read through the entire paper and check every time the writer uses the word that. Make sure it shouldn’t be who.
  11. Check every comma in the paper, and make sure that they are bringing together two complete sentences.
  12. Check all of the following words: and, but, so, for, or. Make sure that there isn’t a comma needed. Ask me if you are not sure. If these words are bringing together two complete sentences, then use a comma.
  13. Anytime you see a colon (:) or a semi-colon (;), make sure that they are correct.
  14. Read the paper one last time and make sure that there are no other mistakes that you can identify. Check for transitions, double negatives, verb forms, subject-verb agreement, and so on. Help the writer get an A.
  15. For advance proofreaders and writers: Check to make sure that the entire paper is in present tense.

Check all verbs ending with –ing, and make sure you can’t change it. Example: “is trying” can be changed to “tries.” Check to make sure that passive sentences couldn’t be better if they were active. Check appositives.