Checklist for Your First Draft
Planning and Researching Phases
      Is the thesis statement clear and focused on one major idea?
      Are the intent and purpose clearly expressed?
      Is the target audience clearly defined?
      Does the scope seem appropriate for this writing project?
      Is sufficient information provided?
      Does the paper consider other perspectives or address possible questions?
      Are facts and opinions explained and supported in convincing detail?
Organizing and Drafting Phases
      Is the controlling idea sufficiently developed?
      Are the major parts clearly defined and logically sequenced to fit the purpose?
      Do the minor ideas clearly support the major statements?
      Does the introduction clearly set the stage by announcing the controlling idea?
      Does the conclusion return to the controlling idea and review the major parts?