How’s the Proofing?

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Getting ready to submit your writing


Last week, I emphasized – check over your writing! For our Frame My Future Scholarship contest in particular, we want your essays to be in tip top shape. Always check for typos, capitalization, punctuation and grammatical errors before submitting your essay. This advice is worthwhile for any type of writing – resumes, school papers, applications to colleges, reports for work, blogs, etc.

So, I created a paragraph riddled with mistakes, similar to a D.O.L., (Daily Oral Language), that you might see in elementary school classes.

Here it is again:

In my future, i would vary much like to bee a one-of-a-kind elementary school teacher. I want tobe the kind of teecher that every kid yearns to gave, and don’t want to leave at the end of the School Year. I realize that me ambition will mean a lot of herd work for for it to come true. the god thing is that for as long as i can member, I’ve have always wanted to be teacher.

I’ve included the corrected paragraph below.

Maybe some helpful writing tips would assist you. Here are some guidelines from Indiana University’s Writing Tutorial Services.

“The following four steps should help you become a better proofreader.
1. Familiarize yourself with the errors you commonly make by looking over writing that has already been marked. Make a list of your errors, and check your writing for each of them.
2. Carefully and slowly read your writing out loud. Often your ear will hear what your eye did not see.
3. Read your writing, sentence by sentence, from the last sentence to the first sentence. This technique interrupts the logical flow of the prose, and neutralizes any impression of correctness arising from your knowledge of what you meant to say.
4. Use your dictionary to check any words of which you are unsure, and to check for correct prepositions, verb tenses, and irregular forms.”

There is plenty of online writing help. I listed some of them towards the end of this blog.

It’s definitely not a silly thing to check your spelling or to make sure that the periods or commas are in the right place. The mechanics are what really polish your whole piece of writing.



By the way, your computer’s Spell Check is helpful, but don’t totally rely on it. Spell Check isn’t flawless. For instance, if you spell a word correctly, even if it’s the wrong word for your piece, Spell Check will not necessarily alert you.

The bottom line is: take the time to read, and then re-read your writing, and carefully check for any mistakes that could be lurking in your paper. The old-fashioned way of taking the time to proofread it yourself and/or getting some friends to help check it too is a BIG plus.

The content of your essay might be amazing, but if you’re not careful, the writing conventions could trip you up.


Here’s the corrected version of the paragraph. See how you did, and let me know!


In my future, I would very much like to be a one-of-a-kind elementary school teacher. I want to be the kind of teacher that every kid yearns to have, and doesn’t want to leave at the end of the school year. I realize that my ambition will mean a lot of hard work for it to come true. The good thing is that for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.

Other examples of DOL:

Some examples of online Student Resources:

From the University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia, the writing workshop

College English and Communication Eighth Edition

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Virtual Assistant Business

Resume Suggestions:

Diploma Frame Blog – NOVEMBER 17, 2008
I Graduated…How Come I Don’t Have a Job???
Look at Preparing Your Resume

Diploma Frame Blog – MAY 01, 2007
22 Graduation Tips & Resources For College Grads
Look at #20 to help with resume writing

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