65 Checklist: Revision

Robin Jeffrey and Melissa Elston

Checklist: Revision

  • The draft addresses a question or issue that readers will care about.
  • The draft is written at the audience’s level, accounting for their level of knowledge and attitudes.
  • The thesis is clear and placed at or near the beginning of the paper.
  • All ideas within the draft relate to the main thesis.
  • There are plenty of organizational cues (topic sentences, headings, etc.) to help guide the readers through the paper.
  • Ideas are presented in an order that makes sense.
  • Paragraphs are long enough to cover the topic, but short enough to keep it interesting.
  • The evidence used is relevant and persuasive.
  • All ideas are fully developed.
  • Any unnecessary material has been deleted.
  • The point of view is appropriate both for the draft’s purpose and the intended audience.

Adapted from About Writing: A Guide by Robin Jeffrey, CC BY 4.0 


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