Honors proofreading assignment

You know, in case you get bored over spring break…  : )

Proofreading Part II

Alas, another set of short stories has been assigned to you as my editors! You will work in larger groups this time (for the most part). This round I’d like you to focus mainly on the punctuation and grammatical errors. The content advice is fine, but you’re going to be graded by how well you proofread and make changes. For example: Does the dialogue have proper punctuation with quotation marks? What’s the past tense of lie? (as in lie down…or is it lay down?) Is it effect or affect? These are the things you need to focus your efforts on rather than adding notes about a scene needing more detail. You may make comments off to the right after you fix the mechanics, but those are the secondary duty.


You’ll get this Wednesday/Thursday in the writing center to work together. You’ll get the first Monday back after spring break as well. You’ll get that whole week to finish up independently, and then Thursday/Friday you’ll get one more day to make final changes as a group. On that day, March 26 or 27th, I will expect a copy printed from Google docs turned in with all of your names on it at the end of the hour.

One big proofreading exception. Paragraphs should not be indented. Due to ebook formatting, please leave them flush against the left margin. See how I did it on this sheet? Separate paragraphs but not tabbed over. Thanks!


40 points—Story’s grammar and punctuation is flawless. There are no awkward phrasings. Parallel structure is present, wording flows, etc.

35-30 points—Three or more obvious mistakes are overlooked. That’s right, overlook just three things and get a B!

29-0 points—Every time an error is spotted more and more points will be stripped from your score.


2 thoughts on “Honors proofreading assignment

  1. Logan Dorsey says:

    Hey Mr. Durham I don’t expect a prompt reply but it seems that after leaving several comments to the author about tense issues he has yet to go about resolving them. My group is editing Conner Gast’s story, who I realize is a senior with incredible bad senioridis, but we don’t know how to go about fixing the blatant problems of tense within his story with it being due tomorow

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