These are the instructions for our in-class peer editing activity. Follow all directions. You will also need to have an outside source edit your paper and sign the bottom of it.
Numbers Look for all numbers in the paper. If any are incorrect, highlight them. Spell out a number that begins a sentence. Spell out a number that expresses order (i.e. first, second, third, etc.) Spell out a number that tells how many if it is one or two words. If it is longer than two words, write it numerically. Use numerals to express numbers in conventional situations (like percentages, dates, addresses, times, etc.)
Citations Highlight all parenthetical citations in your paper. Then check for 1. the period. It should go only after the parentheses. Not before and after. Not just before. Just after. Like this: Mrs. Ross is the weirdest teacher ever (Weird Teachers). 2. the titles. Titles must be capitalized! No, I dont mean IN ALL CAPS. The major words should be capitalized like this: The Men Who Stare at Goats. Notice that the title was italicized because its a major work. If its an article title, it should be in quotation marks.
Format Check for MLA formattingthis should be the easiest part of your research paper grade! Make any corrections with a red pen. - Margins should be 1 - 4-line heading (Name, Teachers Name, English II-#, Date [6 November 2009]) - Double spaced (with no extra lines between paragraphs) - Header (in same fontLast name and page #)
Point of View Highlight ALL instances of first (I, me, my, we, our, us, etc.) or second (you, your, etc.) person. Eliminate these from your paper. Consider substituting one or some (or ask me if you cant figure it out).
Contractions Search for any contractions in your paper and highlight them when you spot em. Uncontraction these. Okay, so thats not a word, but you know what I mean.
Conjunctions Theres nothing wrong with conjunctions; you just dont want to start a sentence with one. To refresh your memory, the coordinating conjuntions are: for, an, nor, but, or, yet, so (FANBOYS). If you started any sentences with one of these words, highlight and fix it. Usually it can just be taken out of the sentence. If it doesnt make sense that way, change the period before the conjunction to a comma. **Hint: the most common sentence-starting conjuctions are and, but, and so.
General Typos and Mistakes Switch papers with someone around you. Read over your partners paper very carefully. Make any corrections with a red pen.