ParaPro Writing Study Guide: Editing

Questions in this section will provide a passage and ask students what type of error is represented. By mastering the first section and knowing more about grammar, word usage, punctuation, and spelling, you will be able to do well in this area.

Some tips to know:

  • Review the principles of grammar, punctuation, word usage, and other parts of a sentence.
  • Be able to locate areas of error in a sentence and/or paragraph
  • Read the question thoroughly to see what it is asking.

An example question may include the following:

Example 1

Druids were a popular group in Europe, between the second century BC and the second century AD. They acted in the following capacities, as judges priests and philosophers. However, after being driven out of their country they retreated to their home island where they were eventually executed and became extinct.

A paraprofessional would advise the student to make what kind of corrections to their edits?

  1. Verb tense errors
  2. Punctuation
  3. Spelling
  4. Parallel Structure

The answer here would be B. There are several missing commas and punctuation marks throughout this paragraph, so you would want to advise the student that they need to improve the grammar in their writing.

Here’s another example:

Example 2

The summer is one of the best times of the year. It is the best time to go to the beach, hang out with friends, or go on vacation. It is also the best time to enjoy the best weather when cold weather isn’t anywhere around. Summer is also the best time to play sports like golf, baseball, tennis, and track.

A paraprofessional would advise the student to make what kind of corrections to their edits?

  1. Punctuation
  2. Spelling
  3. Clarity
  4. Word usage

The correct here is D. The word “best” is used repeatedly throughout this paragraph. Therefore, using different words would be advised to make edits. Paraprofessionals can advise students to do things like use a thesaurus to find synonyms for best and use those in the paragraph so the same word isn’t repeating itself.

Editing Review Test

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