Online Guide to Writing and Research

Chapter 7: Assessing Your Writing

The Draft Stage

The Revision Process and the Final Draft

After you have revised your first draft, the major issues of content, organization, and style should be clearly worked out. This stage of assessment is necessarily at a higher level or is more general because you should expect to have addressed the more detailed aspects during the other stages of writing. When you review your final paper one more time, you should answer successfully the questions in the following checklist.

Checklist for Revising the Final Paper

Understanding the Assignment

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Did I demonstrate that I understood the requirements of the assignment?

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Did I demonstrate an understanding of the skills and techniques needed to complete this assignment?

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Did I demonstrate that I understood the readings relevant to this assignment?

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Did I demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and methods in my discipline?

Content/Substance

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Is the assignment complete?

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Is the information appropriate for the assignment?

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Did I use quotations, paraphrases, and summaries appropriately?

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Are my citations and references in the correct style for my discipline?

Organization

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Is the order of the information logical?

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Are the introduction and conclusion clear and related?

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Does the organization pattern reflect my critical thinking strategy?

Style

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Do the transitions clearly act as verbal signals?

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Do I use logical connections and summarize when necessary?

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Is my style readable and coherent?

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Is the tone expressive and consistent?

Diction

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Are my tone and diction appropriate to my audience?

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Is my English clear and emphatic?

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Is my vocabulary appropriately formal or informal for this assignment?

Format

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Is the format appropriate and conventional for this assignment?

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Does the format of the assignment promote quick, clear understanding?

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Do the graphics clarify the text?

Correctness/Mechanics

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Is my paper free of spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors?

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Do I use standard English?

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Do I use appropriate typography for the final printing?