Language learners and native speakers alike: Are you ready for a challenge? I’ve made a mess of my writing and need YOUR help to fix it!
The paragraphs below each contain MORE THAN 20 MISTAKES, ranging from spelling, verb tense, punctuation… Anything’s game!
Lower-level learners, try to find at least 10 errors. Is anyone up to the challenge of fixing everything? Give it your best shot; then, check your answer on the second page. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail and I can walk you through it.
All editing challenges are adapted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history (2022). Check out their site for more fun historical trivia!
On This Day: December 15
You no your Bill Of Rights? Despite promise to promote the general welfare,” U.S. Constitution don’t really talk much to “We the People” after the introduce. Many states only agreed to ratify it there for if an bill was clarifying basic citizen writes was added posthaste. Too years later, on December 15, 1791, ten out of the twelfth proposing amendments passed in to law. Thats right – two didnt made it? One, that Congress couldn’t give itselves any pay raze with out voter consent, just recently approved on 1992 as the 27rd amendment. The other rejected “right” would limited congressional districts to least then 50,000 citizens, meaning we have more than six thousands representatives today. How many we has instead.
On This Day: December 14
Do you no was who the first person to reach North Pole (besides Santa, off course). No one actually, two separate America teams claimed that honor mere weak a part from each other in 1909, but its no a easy thing for prove. Wile Robert Peary and Frederick Cook fighting out they’re differences, norwegian Roald Amundsen changed his own plans and decided to go find the south Pole instead. He also had to faced stiff competition (figuratively at first, and then literal, sense Robert Scott teem frozen to death), but finally, at December 14, 1911, Amundsen planted her flag at Antarctic soil. He eventually maked it to the North Pool, two, via dirigible fiveteen years latter.
On This Day: December 13
Wall the Holocaust and other atrocityes perpetrate by Nazi’s during the World War II generally good-known, much few are familiar with the equally-horrified acts condoned by there Axis-power ally in the Far East. December 13, 1937 four example marks the Rape of Nanjing, when Japan soldiers burned the former China capital to the ground. Massacring to hundred thousands man, and abused at least twenty thousands women and girl. The three thousand US. civilians which dead on September 11, 2001, pales in compare, but american outrage were just as strength . We started a ware, and hunting the operations elusive master mind, Saddam Hussein, four two years. He finally discovered hideing in a six-to-eight-feet-deep hole, all so on December 13 2003.
On This Day: December 12
To years after “Mona Lisa,” was stole, polise finally recovered Leonardo da Vinci famous painting in italy in December 12, 1913. Then, on these same day in 1980, won of her note books sole for over 5 million. Of course, da Vinci probably wood been equally impressed to Guglielmo Marconi’s success send the first radio signals acrost a Atlantic Ocean, also this date in 1901. Popular belief holded that the earths curvature made transmission far than 200 miles impossible, and its true these radio waves can’t to bend, never the less, not full understanding what he doing yet. Marconi, at England, still able to bounce simple Morse-code letter “s” of the atmosphere’s ionosphere, and backdown to Canadian.
On This Day: December 11
By wars, children ofen suffer the more this certainly true on both side of the World War II. The newly-minted United Nations there for made a priority to establish a international childrens’ emergency fund – UNICEF on December 11, 1946, to support the youths in need as europe setted about rebuilding itselves. “They’re are not enemy children” insisted founding director Pate. Buy 1950, it expanded it’s mission to the rest of world, two, and begun to promoting projects to improving sanitation conditions eliminate preventables diseases, and protect universal writes. There 1989 Convention on the rights of the Child became most widely ratified treaty of its kind on history, remarkable, United States was an only member state no support them.
On This Day: December 10
Everyone a winer on December 10 (also know as Human Rights Day)? Most famously, this it’s the date that Nobel prizes have awarded every year sense 1901, recognized those whom make are world a better place. That’s no all their is too celebrate, believe it or knot, Ford produced it’s one-million car on December 10 1915; the 1898 Treaty of Paris is recognizing U.S. victory in Spanish-American War, Wyoming woman were the first in U.S. to won the write to vote in 1869, and in 1922, Canton Bulldogs one the inaugural NFL champion. More recently, this also be the day, in 2009, that “Avatar” premiered for theaters. Going on to became a highest-grossing film in history.
On This Day: December 9
Smallpox, or some thing likes it, plagued human kind for thousand years. Killing million around the word annual. The Egyptian Pharoah Ramses V dead of the variation way back in 1145 BC, and played a huge roll in wipping out native american populations after arrival of Europe. With mortality rates as hi as %90 in some community. The China had already develop a inoculation protect themself buy the 16nd century, but Edward Jenner 1796 vaccine was unique for no spread to anothers. Thanks to this miracle with modern medicinal, the last case of smallpox diagnosed on Somalia on 1977, and on December 9, 1979, the world Health Organization declares a disease completely eliminating, once and four all.
On This Day: December 8
Grown up pour at Liverpool, English, never easy, but that didn’t to stop John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison and Ringo Starr from rise to stardom and changed popular music for ever . Many considers the beatles the single most influential bands of all times, they’re american debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 was saw by over 70 million fans, and they’d sold over 600 millions records. The golden days could no last forever, thou, and the band broken up in 1970. Then, in December 8, 1980, a even greatest tragedy struck when Lennon was shot to ao obsessed fan write outside her Manhattan apartment. His dead mourned all over the world, but least his music live on?
On This Day: December 7
On December 7 1787 Little Delaware technically becomed the first state buy unanimously ratify the U.S. Constitution. A hundred fivety-for years latter, however, on 1941 . It became “a date which will live in infamy,” accorded to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On 7:55 that mourning, 360 Japan bomber plans appeared on the horizon with out warning and leaved a swath of destruction across U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Besides render much of the pacific fleet useless, 2.400 Americans were killed, mean while, Japanese lost lesser than 100 man. The very next day, a enraged nation – staunch neutral up until that point declares war on Japan. Plunging us in to the middle of the World War II.
On This Day: December 6
United States had much presidents, but too names always standout for the crowd. George Washington was are first, the only president even elected unanimously . The Washington monument, an 555-foots white-marble obelisk, erected in her honor on December 6, 1884. On 1910, the city law was passing limiting the highs of all other building in Washington d.C. to insure that these monument would to remain tallest. Abraham Lincolns’ passion – and sacrifice for keep our nation by splintering over the thorny issue slavery will also never forgotten. With out, the 13rd Constitutional Amendment would never passed on this same date on 1865. Permanent freeing all slaves. His own memorial builded in 1922.
On This Day: December 5
The temperance, the movement to prohibiting alcohol, begun in early nineteen century. Lead by women tired of being powerless for do nothing about drunk, abuse husbands. It taken about hundred years, but at least the 18nd Amendment was ratified, and liquor baned, on 1920. Victory short-lived, however. As drinking become more popular then ever . U.S. government agents used violence methods to try and enforcing the law. Even poisoned random bottles, but this just reinforce they’re “bad guy’ image. Instead, gang boss were celebrating as heroes, and NASCAR born from bootleggers outrun police cars. By the time the great depression hitted, everyone had enough. The 21th Amendment finally bringed Prohibition to the end on December 5 1933.
On This Day: December 4
December 4rd has a consistent dark day through out history. From Typhoon Pablo wipeing out 1.000 Filipinos in 2012 too 4000 residents London dying in 1952 by heavy smog. Way back on 1533, three years-old Ivan the Terrible appointed crown Prince after her father death. Griped by raging paranoia, a first tsar of Russia kills and tortured ten of thousand of citizens from all level of society, even beet his pregnant daughter-by-law to the point of miscarriage and killing his own sun when he tryed complain about it. Another mass-murdering dictator who’s birthday just happens to being December 4 was spains Francisco Franco . Appropriate, that day also marks the 1917 psychiatry debut of “shell shock”. Today recognized as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder”)
On This Day: December 3
With the first skin transplant on 1869, it taken eight-five years four doctors two figure out how to do same with life organs, like kidneys. After that, however , wasnt long be for the first success heart transplant, on December 3 1967. Unfortunate, Louis Washkansky, a south African grocer, still dead eighteen day later from pneumonia, but his knew hart functioning perfect. This date also mark very first SMS text message, in 1992, Neil Papworth’s simple message “Merry Christmas” had to be send over the Vodafone network form a computer, and his college couldn’t to respond from him phone yet. But texting is clearly an other technology which come along way in the very short time.
On This Day: December 2
The Monroe doctrine, introduced December 2, 1823 were an brazen bite of political initiative that helps define and protect our young nation. In breef, it forbidden Europeans to interfering through out the hole America hemisphere (north or south) , while also asserting the U.S. neutrality in future abroad wars. Worked surprising good, and United States only has to go to war one, against Spain on 1898, to defend. Today, we have more two worry about from Mother Nature than mother England. Consequentially, the Environmental Protection Agency was opened it’s doors on these same day in 1970. Their job to investigate and address serious environmental abuse. Ensuring that well still have a country for protect in other hundreds years?
On This Day: December 1
Space debry constantly burning up at our atmosphere, but as many fivety largest meteorites hit a surface dayly. Why it is, then, that we dont sea more of they. Incredibly, they’re is only one recorded in modern history of an human was hitted by the space rock. Pour Elizabeth Hodges was napped on her couch in Alabama, in November 30, 1954, when a grapefruit-size meteorite crashed threw his roof, bounced of the radio, and struck him on hip. Luckily, she suffers no more then a bruise large. On 1911, the dog in Egypt dead. Before that, you has to gone all the way back to ancient china to find an records of killer rocks to the sky!