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Monday, November 15, 2010

Proofreading Matters

A question: Why would anyone submit written work without following the basic, elementary-level rules of conventions?  

I find myself asking this question almost every time I grade an assignment.  I just can't rationalize how my students would turn in anything where they didn't capitalize the first word of a new sentence (for example). Some of you may be giggling, but it's true. It's not just one student either. It's many. 

I just don't get.

Is it laziness? No pride? Do you expect to earn good grades regardless?

can u emagine if i posted this blog without any concern to the basic rules of grammer wat would u think of your teacher that jsut refused to proofread edit or put any thought into writeing can you imagine? u may think im exagerrateing but just look at some of the coments posted and u will see that im not.  

What does the writing (any type: assignments, emails, comments, even texts and status updates) you publish say about you? Are you proud of the way your writing represents you?

Read this article published in The New York Times Not the ‘Hook’ the Admissions Office Had in Mind . The article isn't the only part with interesting information; read the comments, too. Some of them are especially insightful.

Also check out: About.com Top Ten Proofreading Tips .  I love the quote by Mark Twain,
You think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes & vacancies but you don't know it, because you are filling them from your mind as you go along. Sometimes--but not often enough--the printer's proof-reader saves you--& offends you--with this cold sign in the margin: (?) & you search the passage & find that the insulter is right--it doesn't say what you thought it did: the gas-fixtures are there, but you didn't light the jets.
Are there any tips you can begin to apply on a regular basis?  

*Note:  Commenting on this blog post is optional. However, check your Gmail, for required homework response to the NY Times article.