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Self-Editing Checklist


TheHomeSchoolMom: Self-Editing ChecklistFor high school English, we have been working on refining the proper use of grammar, punctuation, and the elements of composition. In order to make sure that my daughter is thoroughly proof-reading her work before she turns it in, I came up with this Self-Editing Checklist. Along with the checklist, we make heavy use of Writers, Inc. as a reference for checking writing and I highly recommend it as a concise and easy to reference guide for writers.

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With the checklist, students can look for specific errors in their work and use Writers, Inc. (or the writing guide of your choice) to look up the proper use of the element in question. The checklist includes both mechanical and organizational items in addition to items checking source citations.

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Looking for more high school composition resources? Check out our High School Composition course guideline using the resources from the UNC Writing Center. It will guide you through the process of writing a paper in a way that helps creative thinkers (those who don’t necessarily do well sitting down and writing in an outline-compose-proofread order).

Mary Ann Kelley

Mary Ann Kelley lives in Virginia with her husband and has two grown daughters, both homeschool graduates. Mary Ann, who homeschooled off and on for 16 years, believes in school choice as well as allowing children to direct their own learning with guidance and input from their parents. Interviews with Mary Ann have been featured on HuffPost and in the Free Lance-Star newspaper. Her desire is to encourage parents and children to take personal responsibility for their own educational options and choices. In her free time, Mary Ann enjoys reading, cooking (check out her free meal plans), traveling, and genealogy.

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  1. Cortney

    Hello! I’d love to download a copy of this checklist but am unable to do so – would you send a copy? Many thanks for creating it!

  2. Rebecca

    Could you email me a copy as well, please? It asks me to subscribe each time I try to download it…I’m already subscribed. Thanks!

  3. Sarah

    I can’t download the Self Editing Checklist. Could I get a copy? Thank you!!!

  4. Tracey

    Could I also get a copy? I was unable to download also. Thanks!

  5. Andi

    I am just now seeing this!! Wow…great resource! Thank You! However, I cannot download it. I see you sent others a copy of it, may I please receive a copy as well? Thank You So Much!

    • Mary Ann Kelley

      Although I won’t comment on each request, if you need a copy mailed to you I will send it. 🙂

  6. Jean

    I’m not able to download this file, left or right click. Would you please email me a copy of the editing checklist. Thanks!

    • Mary Ann Kelley

      Done 🙂

  7. Jenny Mespel

    Hi, thanks for making this available! I just downloaded, and had no problems getting it to download.

  8. Mary Ann Kelley

    Hi Sarah,

    It’s set up so that it can’t be hot-linked (linked directly from off of our website), but I think that might affect people who have cookies turned off. I’ve emailed you a copy of the checklist.


    • marcia Fifield

      Hi, I cannot download this either, could you possibly email me a copy of the checklist as well? Thank you!

      • Mary Ann Kelley


  9. Sarah

    Thank you for offering this. How do I download the checklist? When I click the link above, it says, “I am sorry, but you are not allowed to access this file directly.”

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