Online Guide to Writing and Research

Chapter 7: Assessing Your Writing

The Draft Stage

The First Draft

When the first draft is ready for review and feedback, you can use a checklist like the one presented here or develop one of your own. By identifying the stage in which errors most often occur, you can return to that stage for revision.

Checklist for Your First Draft

Planning and Researching Phases

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Is the thesis statement clear and focused on one major idea?

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Are the intent and purpose clearly expressed?

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Is the target audience clearly defined?

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Does the scope seem appropriate for this writing project?

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Is sufficient information provided?

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Does the paper consider other perspectives or address possible questions?

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Are facts and opinions explained and supported in convincing detail?

Organizing and Drafting Phases

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Is the controlling idea sufficiently developed?

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Are the major parts clearly defined and logically sequenced to fit the purpose?

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Do the minor ideas clearly support the major statements?

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Does the introduction clearly set the stage by announcing the controlling idea?

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Does the conclusion return to the controlling idea and review the major parts?