Edited Sloppy Copy (Grading)

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Lesson 1: Edited Sloppy Copy Checklist
You'll need to correctly answer at least 13 of the 25 questions below (at least 50%) to progress to the next unit.
Question #1: Do all my sentences support my topic sentence (no "carrots in my cookie jar")?
We want to make sure that all of our sentences are about the object we're describing. If you have general information or trivia about the item, make notes to change it.
Question #2: Are my topic and choice of words pleasing to the Lord and edifying to others?
If you cannot say yes for your whole topic, pick a new topic. If you have a few words included, highlight them and make a note to edit them now.
Question #3: Does my title capture the essence of my paragraph?
If your paragraph is about a toaster, but the title is "My Favorite Pen," you may need a new title.
Question #4: Did I choose a strong topic sentences that introduces my paragraph?
Remember, we don't want to start with "I'm going to tell you about..." Instead, make your topic sentence get right to the point.
Question #5: Did you choose synonyms instead of repeating main words? (Change the font color and underline repeated words in blue. Replace with synonyms before submitting to teacher.)
This is where you begin to make your Edited Sloppy Copy look colorful! Remember to use Ctrl+F to find repeated words easily.
Question #6: Did I use concrete words that are specific, vivid and sensory? (Change the font color and underline vague words in green. Find synonyms for them.)
Use your Word Lists to determine if you're using any vague words.
Question #7: Did I avoid writing in second person ("you" and "your")?
If you catch a few sentences where you used second person, make a note on your Edited Sloppy Copy to change them.
Question #8: Did I write a strong closing sentence that gives a feeling of ending?
Remember to write a closing sentence that allows the reader to feel like your description is complete.
Question #9: Did I save the computer files as Lesson 1 Sloppy Copy, Lesson 1 Edited Sloppy Copy and Lesson 1 First Revision?
Remember to use the "Save As" function to create a new document rather than saving over your work.
Question #10: Did I put my name, date and draft in the upper right-hand corner?
In the video, we covered the correct position for the Heading as well as what information it should contain.
Question #11: Did I underline my title?
Remember that the title should be centered on the page and underlined.
Question #12: Did I follow proper format on pp. ii-iii (correct placement/size of title, font size, etc.)?
The video covers the formatting of your document.
Question #13: Is my paragraph five to seven sentences long? (Count them!)
Go through and count how many sentences you have. Make a note on sentences you can break up or combine to meet this requirement.
Question #14: How many sentences did I use?
Question #15: Did I indent my first sentence? (if not, draw an arrow to show you need to indent.)
The first sentence should be indented. In Word, this is easy to do with either a TAB space or by changing your Paragraph settings.
Question #16: Did I leave margins around my paragraph?
The document margins should be "Normal," which is 1 inch on all sides.
Question #17: Did I remember to skip every other line?
In Word, choose "Double Spaced" to make sure that your lines are the proper spacing.
Question #18: Did I use good spacing between words and sentences?
Check to make sure that you put in proper spaces in your document.
Question #19: Did I double-check my spelling? (Underline suspected words; look up and change.)
Though Word has a spell-check feature, you cannot count on it to find all of your misspelled words. Read through your paper to make sure there aren't any hidden misspellings.
Question #20: Did I double-check my capitalization and punctuation? (Correct any errors)
Like we did with the Sample Paper in our previous lesson, carefully look through your paper to see if you have any punctuation or capitalization issues. Since this is your Edited Sloppy Copy, make a note to fix any you find.
Question #21: Did I use complete sentences and avoid run-on sentences?
Like the example in our prior lesson, go through your paper carefully and look up any issues of run-on or fragment sentences.
Question #22: Did I finish and turn in my observation worksheet?
You completed this in a prior lesson, so check "True" here.
Question #23: Did I correctly use this Checklist, including filling ALL the blanks and using color to underline as directed? (This includes making corrections before I write my First Revision.)
Question #24: Did I turn in my Edited Sloppy Copy?
You have already turned in your Observing an Object Worksheet and Sloppy Copy. This quiz is your Writing Skills Checklist. Make sure to turn in your Edited Sloppy Copy in the space below. Your First Revision will be turned in during a later lesson.
Question #25: Turn in your Edited Sloppy Copy here.
Make sure you have saved your document as Lesson 1 Edited Sloppy Copy.
Allowed file types: doc, docx.
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