Outcome: Proofreading

Identify Proofreading Activities

This section will break the concept of “Proofreading” down into components, in order to show you how to take full advantage of this stage of the writing process.


Proofreading is the final dust-and-polish pass-through of your writing. Though it’s the last step of writing, it’s what will make the first impression people have of your work.

John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, walks through some of his favorite typos from history in the video below. Each of these fundamentally changed the way people read the works in question.  Proofreading (or a lack thereof) can have lasting impact!

Graphic titled Proofread. Bullet list: grammar, sentence structure, formatting, punctuation, spelling, capitalization. All is in a mustard-yellow circle bordered by gray arrows.What You Will Learn to Do

  • identify lower order concerns for revision
  • identify strategies for improving sentence clarity
  • identify strategies for recognizing potential grammatical issues in a draft
  • identify strategies for recognizing potential spelling issues in a draft
  • identify strategies for recognizing potential punctuation issues in a draft

The Learning Activities for this Outcome Include

  • Text: Lower-Order Concerns
  • Video: The Change-Up Method
  • Text: Proofreading Strategies
  • Self Check: Revising
  • Try It: Revising