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Proofreading Questions

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Class: ________________________________________________ Period: ______________________________

Date: _____________________________________________________________________________________

Proofreading Marks:                                               Teacher: Ms. Kelly Gilliam    (Class Participation/Notes)

Directions: Use the packet of information to complete this worksheet. When you are finished, return the packet to Ms. Gilliam, and turn in your answer sheet to your period’s tray. Thank you!

1.      What is proofreading? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.      What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

3.                       Draw the symbol for: delete.

4.                       Draw the symbol for: insert a space.

5.      Name the five stages of writing:

a.    _____________________________________________________________________________

b.    _____________________________________________________________________________

c.    _____________________________________________________________________________

d.    _____________________________________________________________________________

e.    _____________________________________________________________________________

6.                       Draw the symbol for: align horizontally.

7.      What are the different resources you can use to spell-check? ___________________________________________________________________________________

8.      What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

9.      Why is it a good idea to proofread your writing on a paper copy as well as on screen? ___________________________________________________________________________________

10.  Who else could you get to proofread your writing? ___________________________________________

11.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

12.  Why is it a good idea to listen to the sound of your voice ‘inside your head’ as you proofread? ___________________________________________________________________________________

13.                            Draw the symbol for: period

14.  Pay special attention to ___________________________, which are words that sound alike, but are not spelled the same. Give an example of these words. ___________________________________________

15.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

16.                            Draw the symbol for: brackets

17.                            Draw the symbol for: set in boldface

18.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

19.  Briefly name the characteristics of a good proofreader.

a.    _____________________________________________________________________________

b.    _____________________________________________________________________________

c.    _____________________________________________________________________________

d.    _____________________________________________________________________________

e.    _____________________________________________________________________________

20.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

21.                            Draw the symbol for: no new paragraph

22.  What is a homophone? ________________________________________________________________

23.  What are five common mistakes to look for while proofreading?

a.    _____________________________________________________________________________

b.    _____________________________________________________________________________

c.    _____________________________________________________________________________

d.    _____________________________________________________________________________

e.    _____________________________________________________________________________

24.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

25.  What are five more common mistakes to look for when proofreading?

a.    _____________________________________________________________________________

b.    _____________________________________________________________________________

c.    _____________________________________________________________________________

d.    _____________________________________________________________________________

e.    _____________________________________________________________________________

26.  Remember the rule: _______ before _______ except after ________.

27.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

28.  Which spelling is correct?  (Circle the correct)       


a.    Alot                       A lot

b.    Alright                            All right

c.    Feburary                February

d.    Should have           Should of

e.    Freind                             Friend

f.     Shield                             Sheild

g.    Etnics                    ethics

h.    Micheiveous                    mischievous

i.     Capable                 capeable

j.     Comparible            comparable


29.  What should you NOT rely on to proofread your writing? _____________________________________

30.  Why are apostrophes important? _________________________________________________________

31.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

32.  Name some more examples of homophones:


a.    _____________________________

b.    __________________________________


33.  Can the letter ‘i’ be a word?       YES             NO

34.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

35.  Can the letter ‘u’ be a word?       YES             NO

36.                            Draw the symbol for:  new paragraph

37.                            Draw the symbol for:  capitals

38.  Can the letter ‘r’ be a word?       YES             NO

39.  Can the letter ‘b’ be a word?       YES             NO

40.  What does this symbol mean?                   __________________________________________________

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