English Composition 1
Exercise: Correcting Errors
This exercise should help you understand how to correct some of the errors that have come up in your essays. The course Web pages linked below should be helpful:
- Identifying and Eliminating Common Errors in Writing
- Rubric for Essays
- Four Comma Rules
- Integrating Quotations into Sentences
For this assignment, you will be looking for grammar and punctuation errors in your graded essays. When you find a sentence with an error in one of your essays, you will copy the sentence, identify the error by name, and then correct the error.
You should follow the format below:
Original sentence with an error.
(Name of the error, such as sentence fragment)
Revised sentence with the error corrected.
Important: Do not write a new sentence in an attempt to disguise a lack of understanding of how to correct an error. Instead, make the fewest changes possible to correct each sentence.
- You will earn 20 percentage points for each of the following types of errors that you identify and correct:
- sentence fragment
- run-on sentence
- comma splice
- lack of subject/verb agreement
- pronoun error
- possessive or apostrophe error
- inaccurate word choice
- misused semicolon
(The same error can be used more than once for this exercise. For example, four of your sentences for this exercise could have the error of a comma splice.)
- You will earn 10 percentage points for each comma error that you correct (not including comma splices) either by adding or deleting a comma from a sentence.
You may earn up to 160 percentage points for this assignment, and any points that you earn over 100 percentage will count as extra credit.
Important: No more than half of the points for this exercise may be earned using the errors that are identified or corrected for you in the feedback on your graded essays.
You can use errors from all of your graded essays for this exercise, including the Diagnostic Essay. Please let me know if there are not enough errors in your graded essays for you to complete this exercise.