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Your teachers will use the symbols below to provide feedback on your writing. Circles / underlines (or squiggly underlines) indicate problems with specific words or phrases. Follow the links to relevant helpsheets.

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SymbolMeaningLiteracy Toolkit Helpsheets
W/C Word Choice:  This word is not well chosen.  It’s weak, repetitive or misused. Use thesaurus and dictionary CAREFULLY.

Repetition avoiding it (PDF, 347KB)

see also:
Joey's Thesaurus

S/C

(NAS and TLS)

Sentence Construction: This is not a well structured sentence. Read aloud.
Not ASentence / Too Long Sentence. 

Sentences basic rules (PDF, 346KB)

HOWEVER how to punctuate it (PDF, 344KB)

Sentences subject verb agreement (PDF, 346KB)

Sentences varying word order (PDF, 347KB)

SP Spelling:  This word is incorrectly spelt.  Use your dictionary to check spelling. Beware of homophones.

Spelling common errors (PDF, 295KB)

Spelling rules (PDF, 263KB)

P Punctuation:  This writing is punctuated incorrectly. 

Punctuation apostrophe (PDF, 350KB)

Punctuation , ; - and : (PDF, 345KB)

Punctuation ? and ! (PDF, 347KB)

TENSEVerb Tense:  Maintain one tense throughout your writing. Use present tense to discuss texts, past tense for historical events. Tense (PDF, 282KB)
AWKYour expression does not flow fluently.  It’s awkward. Read aloud and rethink word choice / word order and sentence construction.

Sentences basic rules (PDF, 346KB)

Sentences subject verb agreement (PDF, 346KB)

Sentences varying word order (PDF, 347KB)

^ Something Left Out:  Poor proof reading means you do not catch careless errors, such as words omitted from your draft.  DRAFTING like you care (PDF, 319KB)
CoCohesion problem. The ideas within the paragraph / text do not flow / link correctly.
You need to transition between concepts.

Connectives for cohesion (PDF, 178KB)

HOWEVER how to punctuate it (PDF, 344KB)

Essay basic structure (PDF, 285KB)

E.g.?Example:  Provide an example as evidence to support this claim. Quotations (PDF, 262KB)
DYou need to develop this idea, either through more detailed analysis or by further explanation. Essay basic structure (PDF, 285KB)
R Repetition of words or ideas. You must vary language / content. Repetition avoiding it (PDF, 347KB)
RtTRefer to Thesis. Essay basic structure (PDF, 285KB)
→|Indent. Move this text in from the margin. Use tab key. Quotations (PDF, 262KB)
LC / UCCapital letters issue. Change the indicated letter to lower or UPPER case.
? or XCheck Ideas:  This is wrong or at least doubtful. Your expression is clouded, or you have not checked the facts carefully.

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Begin a New Paragraph here.
Begin a New Sentence here.
JUSTIFYJustification in the form of reasons backed by evidence is required to substantiate the point being made.
R/RIn-text reference required:  The source of your information should be included. APA format is: (author surname, year of publication)
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Last reviewed 22 November 2018
Last updated 22 November 2018