Instructions for Essay Corrections



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Instructions for Essay Corrections

Anna Mills, Instructor
1. Read over the comments on your essay. If you have any questions, feel free to see me in office hours (Weds 10:30-11:30 or by appointment) or email me with questions. You can also get help with your corrections in the Writing Lab.


  1. Find all of numbers on your essay. These are the errors I marked for you to correct.



  2. You do not have to correct mistakes that I did not number.



  3. Open a new document on your computer and type each error exactly as it was.



  4. Next to the error, write one or two words which describe the problem, for example, “Fragment.”



  5. Underneath each error, write the correction that fixes it. Your correction should be the full sentence.



  6. Put the correction sheet in your folder with the final paper and grade sheet, so I can check that you corrected all the important mistakes.

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Sample Correction Sheet
1. Run-on: Addams State wants to adopt a new general education plan, they can’t agree on how many units should be required.

Correction: Addams State wants to adopt a new general education plan, but they can’t agree on how many units should be required.
2. Subject-verb agreement: Although many students at the college wants to be well-rounded, they don’t want to take the classes.

Correction: Although many students at the college want to be well-rounded, they don’t want to take the classes.
3. Fragment: Which will not help them when they need to pay the bills after graduation.

Correction: This will not help them when they need to pay the bills after graduation.
4. Fragment: Until they figure out what they want to do in life as professionals.

Correction: They won’t be able to choose their own classes wisely until they figure out what they want to do in life as professionals.



Anna Mills, Fall 2005


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