We did some peer editing in class today using our research essays so I thought I'd share some tips for editing and a checklist to use on your own work.
Editing is just a fancy word for scanning for errors and improving what's been written. This can be done by checking for grammatical errors, formatting errors (we use APA), or content (evidence, argument, clarity etc.).
I recommend checking the formatting first on typed essays, then editing for content. Lastly, do another proof-read to check for spelling and punctuation errors. Be sure to catch extra/missing spaces and comma errors.
+header (student name, teacher name, period, date) left when typed
+double-spaced (make sure "add space before/after paragraph" is OFF) 2.0, no extra spaces between paragraphs
+font is Times New Roman and 12pt size ONLY
+correct length of words/paragraphs and paragraphs are indented
+ includes in-text citations in APA format (Smith, 2007, p. 9) or (Smith, 2007, para. 7)
+for EIWs, sentence-openers should be marked with the designated number at the beginning of the sentence or in the margin, dress-ups should be HIGHLIGHTED
+make sure all other checklist/rubric instructions have been followed (is the title correct? does it require an editor's signature? did you include the rough draft or outline?)
+staple NEATLY in the correct order AFTER reading the checklist one more time
Use a ren pen or highlighter to edit your final draft. Mark all over it then re-do your draft one more time to make sure it's your best. Good essays often require multiple re-writes and edits. It's a good thing!