Lesson Plan on Proofreading
Lesson Objective: To stress the importance of proofreading and the editing stages as necessary elements to the composition process.
Total Estimated Time: 105 min.
Additional Outcomes: To develop general revision strategies and to improve proofreading skills.
Assignment Sequence Underway: Applications of social theories to individual experiences composed largely on blogs. Additional writing assignments stressing MLA standards of citation, and also how to integrate sources into paragraphs.
- Distribution of piece of writing written by a student that appears to not have a strong command of the English language in writing. Class revises the sample for “flow” or “to make it sound better” (10 minutes)
- Ask two different students to read their before and after versions (15 minutes)
- Discussion-response to the exercise (20 minutes)
- Make list of proofreading strategies used by members of the class—what were some of the strategies used to “fix” the piece of writing? (10 minutes)
- Proofread previous timed writing of neighbor—everyone moves one chair over or passes notebook to the person next to him or her, also to proofread (15 minutes)
- Discussion of proofreading and audience and connecting this to text/SMS methods of re-reading and revising compositions (15 minutes)
- The painful low-budget music video celebrating copy editing: “Copyediting and Proofreading (T.I.-Whatever You Like Remix).”2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhGB1soPNlQ. (5 minutes)
- Initial verbal responses to the film. (5 minutes)
- Reflective writing about style looking closely at a few of the written quotes form the video. Practice PIE paragraphs to the quote. (10 minutes)
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