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.
- Find a peer, friend, or family member willing to read the content of your project out loud.
- If possible, print a copy of your project for your reader and yourself. If not, you and your reader will both need a device that will facilitate viewing your project.
- Ask your reviewer to read your work out loud in a conversational voice with a natural cadence.
- Listen closely to the reading.
- Listen for phrases that sound confusing.
- Listen for instances where the reader might stumble over your writing.
- Listen for word choice concerns.
- Listen for subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
- Listen for any awkward-sounding phrasing.
- As you listen, make notes on your hard copy or on your computer.
- Share-out: Highlight an edit that you make, take a picture or screenshot of it, and post it below in the comments thread.