Span 122 Keys to Successful Compositions in Spanish
Objetivo: In Spanish 122, you will learn to write friendly letters and similar messages. Today you will practice evaluating your writing and making improvements with effective editing and proofreading.
Instrucciones: Read the sample composition on pages 2 and 3 of this document; then continue with the activities below.
A. Editar. Editing involves checking the content and organization of your writing. Ask yourself the following questions about the sample composition on pages 2 and 3. Then, make any changes needed by writing directly on the sample.
Audience: This letter is meant to be read by a new friend. Does the style reflect this audience? Is the tone friendly? Is the content interesting? Are there appropriate questions?
Three parts: Is there a strong sense of beginning, middle and end?
Paragraphs: Does each paragraph deal with one main topic? Is there a clear topic sentence for each paragraph? Should something be added or deleted?
Transitions: Transition words (like y, pero, porque, tambiÃÂ©n, primero, antes de, despuÃÂ©s, luego, mÃÂ¡s tarde) help connect ideas smoothly.
Do the sentences "flow" together? Where could transition words be added? Which short sentences could be logically combined?
B. Corregir. Proofreading involves checking primarily for accuracy - grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling, and format. After editing the sample letter, check it for each of the following and make corrections. NOTE: Correct the 10 underlined errors and then try to find THREE more that are not underlined for you.
Verbs: Does each verb "match" its subject? Is the form correct? Is the correct time frame expressed (present, past or future)?
Adjectives: Does each adjective "match" its noun in number (singular/plural)? In gender (masculine /feminine)? Is it in the right position? Are appropriate articles (el, la , un ,