For the last two days, you have been writing a piece of your choice about the journey of a water droplet. Today, I would like you to spend some time proofreading, editing and improving your piece. Use the checklist below to work through one step at a time. Please watch capital letters in particular - I've noticed them slipping lately!!!
When you are happy with your finished piece, share it with me via the blog or Mr Farrell's e-mail address. If anyone wants to present their writing in an imaginative way, I will definitely be up for giving out plenty of house points...
- Read your writing aloud. Does it make sense?!
- Does your writing stay in the same tense all the way through?
- Does your writing stay in the same person all the way through?
- Check that there are capital letters at the beginning of sentences, for proper nouns and for 'I'.
- Make sure that every single sentence is punctuated with a full stop, question mark, exclamation mark or ellipses.
- Make sure that all direct speech is punctuated using inverted commas (remember PS!) and that, if a new person is speaking, you start a new line.
- If you have used a fronted adverbial, make sure there is a comma after it. While you're checking this, perhaps you can add in another fronted adverbial or two?!
- Have you repeated words within a paragraph that could be altered by using pronouns or alternative noun phrases?
- Have you used short sentences to show excitement or tension?
- Is there anywhere you can add in an extra ambitious adjective or adverb? Can you replace any verbs with better synonyms?