Use this checklist to evaluate your writing. This checklist is organized according to the five traits, domains, or characteristics of good writing. Click on MY Tutor ® for in-depth analysis, revision tips, examples and strategies to improve your writing prior to submission.
FOCUS & MEANING
I have read the writing topic and identified my audience and purpose .
I have read my essay to make certain the words are appropriate for my audience .
I stay focused on a specific subject clearly expressed in a thesis statement .
CONTENT & DEVELOPMENT
I have included at least three main ideas .
I have included at least three or four details to support each main idea . Details include facts , statistics , examples , or personal experiences .
I include a question , an exclamation , or an interesting fact or statistic in my first paragraph / introduction as a " hook " to grab my reader ' s attention .
I included a thesis / controlling idea statement at the end of my introduction .
I have included transitions between ideas and paragraphs to enhance meaning .
I have presented my ideas in a clear order with my strongest argument last .
I included a strong statement in my conclusion that tells readers what to do - a call to action .
LANGUAGE USE & STYLE
I varied the lengths of my sentences so that I have both long and short sentences .
I replaced general descriptive words with more specific descriptive words ( specific nouns , vivid verbs , colorful modifiers ).
GRAMMAR & CONVENTIONS
I have read my essay out loud ( to yourself ) so that I can hear my mistakes and correct them . I will try to make my reader SMILE by checking :
Sentences : Each sentence has a subject and a verb ( an action ).
Marks : End each sentence with a punctuation mark .
Indents : Indent when you begin a new paragraph .
Letters : Start each sentence with a capital letter .
Editor : I have used MY Editor as a final check for possible errors in mechanics , style , punctuation and spelling .
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