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Literate people have the ability to examine printed materials, identify nonstandard patterns and errors, and modify them so that they conform to the norms of Standard English grammar and orthography. This skill requires the ability to form metacognitive representations of text as formal objects. When proofreading, people must inspect and manipulate the formal properties of text without interference from context and intended meaning. Like any reflective process, proofreading activities tend to interrupt or suspend automated routines such as fluent text production and reading for content. Mastery of print processing skills requires acquisition of effective metacognitive strategies for coordinating proofreading with fluent text production and comprehension.




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