Backwards Review for Sentence-Level Copyediting

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Margrit

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Margrit

This activity is designed to help you catch sentence-level grammar and mechanics errors. Use this strategy after you have finished developing and organizing your project’s content.

Activity

  1. Review your project or paper backwards. If possible, print your work to do so.
  2. Start at the very end of the project, and work your way to the very beginning.
  3. Read sentence by sentence until you end with the very first sentence.
  4. Read out loud for best results.
  5. Share-out: Highlight an edit that you make, take a picture or screenshot of it, and post it below to the comments thread.

31 thoughts on “Backwards Review for Sentence-Level Copyediting

  1. Jamis Bonanno

    One of the corrections I was able to make with my backwards read through!

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  2. Alicia Davidson

    I changed the font color of areas in the paper I want to change or add to, then took a screen shot of the last page of my paper.

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  3. David Mann

    Edit 1:
    However, further calibration may be found to be necessary in order to accurately determine draft for any amount of water clarity.
    However, it may be found that further calibration is necessary in order to accurately determine draft for varying levels of clarity.

    Edit 2:
    A method using laser rangefinders that measure draft by determining the distance to the waterline from a fixed point on the ship was collectively chosen by the group.
    The group collectively decided to move forward with using laser rangefinders that measure draft by determining the distance to the waterline from a fixed point on the ship.

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