I recently tried out a simple proofreading activity in my class that turned out to be fairly effective.
A legal writing assignment was due today. However, before collecting it, I asked students to trade with a partner and proofread their partner’s paper. Their instructions were to circle or make a small mark by any errors but not make the correction themselves. After they were done, I asked them to trade with another person. Once this was done, everyone got their own paper back and had time to review and make hand-edited corrections on the paper to be submitted to me.
The students seemed to really enjoy the process, and it led to some good questions and discussions. Continue reading