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Conventions Worksheet 12, page 12: Revising by Correcting Run-ons

The example answers to Worksheet 12 are included below. Please complete the worksheet and then check your answers. Students that correct their work will be given full points. When correcting, compare the original version on your worksheet with version on this page. Look for punctuation, capitalization, and word changes; these are all corrections to note.  Corrections should be done in red pen. 

Keep in mind that the answers below are examples. There may be multiple means of completing these corrections, and you should do them on your own first. Turning in this work as your own counts as plagiarism, and you will be disciplined for cheating. 

  1. Long and narrow, the Chesapeake Bay washes the coasts of Maryland and Virginia; its location and history are significant.
  2. The upper section of Chesapeake Bay runs through Maryland; similarly, the lower bay separates a section of Virginia from the rest of the state.
  3. The Chesapeake is deep enough to accommodate oceangoing ships; the entire pay covers 3,237 miles.
  4. Among the oldest historical sites along the bay are Yorktown and Jamestown. These cities were early colonial settlements.
  5. Captain John Smith of Jamestown gave the bay the Native American name che-sep-ack. the word means "country on a great river."
  6. During the War of 1812, the Chesapeake Bay was an invasion route for the British; consequently, the British were able to land a ground force, march on the White House, and set it on fire.
  7. In 1814, the British bombarded For McHenry. As he watched the action from a ship in the bay, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner."
  8. The Civil War's famous battle between two ironclad ships took place in Hampton Roads; the battle was fought between the Monitor and the Merrimack