Here is a comprehensive step-by-step on submitting Proofreader activities to our team. Please carefully read each step before you start so that the form is completed correctly. This way, we can easily process as well as develop the content to use on our site. Incorrectly filled out forms are less likely to be considered.
Step 1: What is the grammar concept of this activity?
First, you will need to decide on a specific area of grammar to focus on, and shape all errors in the paragraph with the same grammar concept. The more specific it is, the better. For example, we have activities on the difference between into and through, forming contractions with can’t and won’t, and other activities that focus on one grammar concept using one or two words as examples. However, you can also choose to have a proofreader activity be summative and cover multiple concepts that are not necessarily connected. If this is the case, try to align each question with a specific grade level.
We are looking to develop standards around state and Common Core standards. You are welcome to create activities outside of these standards, however they serve as a great starting point for creating activities. You can find specific ideas for grammar activities that align with CCSS at this link, under the “Language” tab on the right panel. You can then explore standards by grade. If you do decide to match up the activity with a CCSS, please indicate it on this question. If your state uses different standards, you may include those under the CCSS question instead.
Step 2: What is the specific topic of the activity?
We encourage activities that flow with a specific theme. Currently, we are heading an initiative to create a more diverse range of grammar concepts, looking to represent aspects of culture and history that are not always explored in different classroom contexts, such as Latin American culture or LGBT history. For example, you could create an activity with the theme of a specific historical figure or talk about an event such as the Mexican Revolution. We ask that you look for information that is open source, which can be read about at this link. All information must be cited and fact-checked.
Step 3: What is the name of this activity?
The name of your activity can be anything from the specific grammar concept to the subject.
Step 4: What is the intended grade level for your activity?
When creating your paragraph, keep in mind the grade level you are writing for and make sure that the complexity of the sentences as well as the vocabulary used is appropriate for that level.
In addition, there is a word limit for the length of each submission. For grades 6th and under, paragraphs may be no longer than 150 words. For seventh grade and above, the limit is 200 words.
Here is an example of an appropriately lengthed– and spaced– third grade level paragraph:
Step 5: How do I write the paragraph and indicate errors?
When creating a paragraph, there are two stylistic options. Most commonly, our proofreader activities include errors that the student must read through, find, and fix, without being given the correct answer or any options, as if they are proofreading a passage.
An example of this format with the answer underlined:
An example of this format without the answer underlined:
However, some of our questions also offer the either/or style, where students have option to choose between two answers, deleting in the paragraph the incorrect option.
An example of the either/or format:
Our proofreader paragraphs typically include 5-10 errors.
Step 6: Should errors to be fixed be underlined in the paragraph?
In this step, decide whether or not you would like the words in question to be underlined. For activities intended for higher grade levels, we recommend not underlining and encouraging the students to find the errors themselves. With younger grades, underlining can help emphasize where the mistakes are and help them more accurately complete the activity.
An example of a sentence that has the problem underlined:
If your question is either/or, your question will be underlined regardless.
Step 7: What are your sources?
If you used any facts or information in your paragraph, leave all used sources as links. This helps us ensure that all information is correct. Please refer to our page on open sources for information on what you can cite.