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Mr. Rickerts way to happiness and success with writing.

A SEVEN STEP PROCESS

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Seven Steps

Seven Steps

When you have completed all seven steps you will have identified all the possible errors.

Checking your paper sentence by sentence ensures that you are focusing on what is actually on the page, not just what you think should be on the page!

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The Seven Steps

The Seven Steps

1. Check for complete sentences

2. Check for words that are left out and check for words or ideas that are repeated

3. Check all words for capitalization mistakes.

4. Check for all punctuation mistakes.

5. Check for subject-verb agreement.

6. Check for problems in usage.

7. Check for misspelled words.

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Step 1  Complete Sentences

Step 1 Complete Sentences

A sentence is complete when it has:

A Subject What or who is the sentence about.

A Verb What is being said about the subject, or what did the subject do.

A Capital letter at the beginning.

An end mark at the end.

It makes complete sense.

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Step 2  Are Words left out or repeated?

Step 2 Are Words left out or repeated?

Sometimes we start a sentence with an idea and then restate the idea at the end because we forgot what we said.

Sometimes we accidentally repeat or leave out words because we know what we meant to say, but forget to actually say it.

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Step 3  Check for Capitalization Mistakes

Step 3 Check for Capitalization Mistakes

All proper nouns should be capitalized.

All proper adjectives should be capitalized.

Important words in Titles should be capitalized.

Common nouns should not be capitalized.

If you arent sure LOOK IT UP!

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Step 4  Check for Punctuation Mistakes

Step 4 Check for Punctuation Mistakes

Five Punctuation marks:

Commas,

Periods,

Apostrophes,

Quotation Marks

Underlining.

Check for each kind of mistake.

If you arent sure LOOK IT UP!

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Step 5  Subject-Verb Agreement

Step 5 Subject-Verb Agreement

If you have a singular subject you should have a singular verb.

The cat plays with the yarn (correct)

The cats plays with the yarn (incorrect)

The cat play with the yarn (incorrect)

If you have a plural subject you should have a plural verb.

Be careful in identifying the correct subject so you know which type of verb to use.

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