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Revision Check List

Revision Check List

 

Subject, Purpose, Audience

  1. What's the most important thing I want to say about my subject?
  2. Who am I writing this paper for? What would my reader want to know about the subject? What does my reader already know?
  3. Why do I think the subject is worth writing about?
  4. What verb explains what I'm trying to do in this paper? (tell a story, compare X and Y, describe, explain)
  5. Does my first paragraph answer questions 1-4? If not, why not?

Organization

  1. How many specific points do I make about my subject? Did I overlap or repeat any points? Did I leave any points out or add some that aren't relevant to the main idea?
  2. How many paragraphs did I use to talk about each point?
  3. Why did I talk about them in this order? Should the order be changed?
  4. How did I get from one point to the next? What signposts did I give the reader?

Paragraphing
        Ask these questions about each paragraph.

  1. What job is this paragraph supposed to do? How does it relate to the paragraph before it and after it?
  2. What's the topic idea? Will my reader have trouble finding it?
  3. How many sentences did it take to develop the topic idea?
  4. Can I substitute better examples, reasons or details?
  5. How well does the paragraph hold together? When I read the paragraphs out loud, does it flow smoothly?
  6. How many levels of generality does it have?
  7. Are the sentences different lengths and types?
  8. Do I need transitions?

Sentences
        Ask these questions about each sentence.

  1. Which sentences do I like the most? the least?
  2. Can my reader "see" what I'm saying? What words could I substitute for abstractions like "people," "thing," "aspect?"
  3. Are there extra words in this sentence?
  4. Can I combine this sentence with another one?
  5. Can I add adjectives and adverbs or find a more lively verb?

Things to Check Last

  1. Did I check spelling and punctuation? What words do I usually misspell? What punctuation problems have I had in previous papers?
  2. How does my paper end? Did I keep the promises I made to my reader at the beginning of the paper?
  3. When I read the assignment again, do I find anything I missed?
  4. What do I like best about this paper? What do I need to work on in my next paper?

 

 

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