Proof Reading and Editing Checklist

capital letters for: beginning sentences, proper nouns and titles
question marks
full stops
commas: in lists, for pauses and to make meaning clear
apostrophes: for contractions (e.g. do not becomes don’t) and to show ownership (e.g. That is Lee’s pet dog.)
exclamation marks
quotation marks (speaking marks)
colons: in titles, for set of lists
brackets: round or square
I have

checked the spelling of any unknown words
not confused words that sound the same
used correct endings for plurals
I have included

a varity of different verbs
correct verb tenses (past, present, and future tenses) (verb tense activities 1, 2, 3)
correct verb-subject agreement
(e.g. The rubbish bin (singular subject) was (verb) full. or The rubbish bins (plural subject) were (verb) full.)

appropriate adverbs to describe verbs
suitable nouns
appropriate pronouns
interesting adjectives
suitable conjunctions
(A conjunction is a part of speech that connects two words, phrases or clauses together.)

a variety of prepositions
A Preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence e.g. under, with, on, at, to

The cat went under the table

I have read through my writing to check that

it makes sense
it is easy to understand
paragraphing is appropriate
there are no double negatives
(e.g. I am not going to buy no bananas)

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