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Uncorrected Text

President, Jimmy Carter grew up in the small town of Plains Georgia. No one could have predicted what his future hold when he was born on October 1, 1924. The death of his father brought Jimmy into the families farming business he became a community leader, then Georgia's governor, and, eventually, president of the United states. As president, Carter was nown as a piecemaker. Since then, he has build many homes for families in need.

Answer Key

President [delete comma] Jimmy Carter grew up in the small town of Plains, Georgia. No one could have predicted what his future held when he was born on October 1, 1924. The death of his father brought Jimmy into the family's farming business. He became a community leader, then Georgia's governor, and, eventually, president of the United States. As president, Carter was known as a peacemaker. Since then, he has built many homes for families in need.

Note: Students might also suggest that the comma before "and" in the sentence
He became a community leader, then Georgia's governor, and, eventually, president of the United States.
be omitted so the sentence will read
He became a community leader, then Georgia's governor and, eventually, president of the United States.
In that case, the word "eventually" is treated as a parenthetical.
Another way (though less preferable by most grammar texts) that statement might be punctuated would be

He became a community leader, then Georgia's governor, and eventually president of the United States.
Be flexible in your scoring of this Edit activity. If students identify any of the above corrections in place of another error, you might score the student's paper a 10. If the student points out one of the above errors in addition to the other ten errors, you might award a bonus point.

 

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