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Outcome Four: Proofread and edit their own writing, avoiding grammatical and mechanical errors.

Clear and coherent language is essential for effective communication. If a text is riddled with mechanical errors and puzzling grammar, meaning can be lost and readers may doubt the writer's credibility. Editing can catch accidental errors, and strategies like reading a draft out loud can help writers notice difference between what they wanted to say and what they actually wrote. This outcome aims for students to develop and be aware of strategies for proofreading. Tools that can be used or adapted to address this outcome are located below.

Questions to consider when thinking through this outcome:

  • What strategies (e.g., "minimal marking"; other can be found on the UWP website) do faculty plan to implement in order to support students as editors of their own prose

Featured Resources

Editing and Proofreading (PDF)

In this handout, the primary ways of effective editing and proofreading are addressed: slow down to examine your writing, consider the reader's perspective, know your common errors, and have strategies to address the errors. Moreover, this resource describes seven other suggestions for writers who are editing and proofreading.

Additional Resources 

Editing and Proofreading - UNC Writing Center (PDF)

This resource, created by UNC Writing Center, provides strategies a writer can use to revise their writing. As a bonus, the handout contains seven errors that provide a practice opportunity for the reader to spot and correct the errors.

Editing and Proofreading Strategies - CSU Writing Center (PDF)

Various editing and proofreading strategies, including a proofreading checklist, are explained in this resource created by the CSU Denver Writing Center.

General Strategies for Editing and Proofreading - Gustavus Writing Center (PDF)

To assist the writer in the final draft and in the process of making the paper correct and error free, this handout (created by Gustavus Writing Center), offers various strategies for effective editing and proofreading.

How to Proofread and Edit Your Writing: A Guide for Student Writers (PDF)

In this guide for student writers, both general and specific strategies for revising and editing are detailed.

Proofreading - Purdue OWL (PDF)

This Purdue OWL handout offers general strategies for proofreading and explains how to personalize proofreading.

Strategies for Editing and Proofreading - MSU Denver Writing Center (PDF)

Tutor-tested proofreading methods are listed in this resource created by MSU Denver.