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|
|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?|
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