Revising and Editing Worksheets To Print:
Punctuation Practice -
Demonstrate that you know how to use commas, quotations and other
punctuation marks to help a reader understand your purpose. Make
punctuation and capitalization corrections where necessary.
Correcting Sentence Fragments
- These are very informal sentences. Dress them up a bit. A sentence fragment is a group of words that does not express a complete thought, but is still punctuated like a sentence.
Sometimes you can correct a fragment by adding more words. Sometimes you can correct a fragment by adding it to another
sentence or correcting the punctuation.
Run-on Sentences - Compose
well thought out sentences for your readers. A run‐on sentence is two or more complete sentences that are punctuated as one
Editing Practice - There are
all kinds of problems here. The sentences below all contain some kind of problem - sentence fragments, run on sentences,
punctuation problems or some combination of the three. Edit each sentence. Use editing marks. Then,
on a separate sheet of paper, rewrite each sentence correctly.
Proofreading - We introduce
the notion of proofreading short hand. The paragraph below needs to be proofread. Use editing
marks to make corrections.
Course - Make punctuation and capitalization corrections where
necessary. You may need to make several revisions along the way.
Details - Sometimes writing can be improved by adding more description
and detail. Study each original and revised sentence below. Identify what was added
during revision and how it improved the sentence.
Revising by Changing
- Study the original and revised sentences below. Are the changes
for the better?
Neglect the Garden
- Use what you have learned about revising sentences to review the
Show, Don't Tell!
- Read the sentence below. Consider the following questions. Then
rewrite the telling sentence so that it is showing.
Showing vs. Telling
- Rewrite the following telling sentences as showing sentences. The best writing doesn't just tell you what is going on, it shows you what's going
on though action and dialogue and lets you imagine the scene for yourself. Not only that, good writers describe what they see so well that you can see it for yourself.
Avoid Dead Verbs
- Rewrite the sentences below. Replace the dead verbs with
live verbs to make the sentences more interesting.
Writing - Edit each sentence. Use editing marks. Then, on a
separate sheet of paper, rewrite each sentence.