This list was created by the Sweet Briar College Academic Resource Center, using, in part, a list created by Dr. Andrea Nagy.
How is the paper presented?
- A thesis is the main idea that drives the argument of the paper.
- The thesis is: 1.Evident 2.Clear and 3.Concise.
- The writer's purpose is made clear in the thesis statement.
- The writer associates the thesis to key issues.
- The thesis is appropriate for the length of the paper.
- The first paragraph mentions the work(s) to be analyzed (if appropriate).
- Deductive essay
- Comparison and contrast
- Cause and effect
- Book/movie/play review
- Inductive essay
- Creative writing
The purpose of each paragraph is clearly stated in the topic sentence(s); the topic sentence(s) state(s) an argument rather than a fact.
- Each paragraph develops a single point or idea.
- Each paragraph is logically organized.
- Every paragraph is relevant to the larger thesis.
- There is a smooth transition between paragraphs.
- No sections drift away from the thesis.
- Organization is apparent to the reader.
- The body contains specific details (evidence) to support the argument.
- Each assertion is supported with specific evidence.
- Interpretations and inferences follow logically from the evidence.
- Each quote is relevant to the point it supports.
- The quote is integrated smoothly into the paragraph.
- Quotations are appropriate length.
- Quotations of more than four lines are offset from the text of essay.
- Every quotation is documented with a reference.
- Quotations have been checked (and double-checked) for accuracy.
- The relationship of the quote to the rest of the paragraph is clear.
- The paper proceeds to a logical conclusion.
- The thesis is re-asserted (if appropriate).
- The conclusion goes beyond merely summarizing the essay; the writer suggests the significant implications of her argument.
- There is a sense of closure.
- The preferred citation format has been followed consistently.
- Internet information has been properly cited.
- Sentences are clear and explicit.
- Transitions between paragraphs and sentences are smooth and logical.
- The writer uses vivid, precise verbs.
- Passive voice is used with caution.
- The writer avoids excessive use of "to be," "to have," etc.
- There is no excessive use of adverbs or adjectives.
- Each sentence focuses on a simple point.
- The verb tense is consistent.
- Present tense is used for literary analysis.
- There is subject/verb agreement.
- The sentences are complete.
- The paper primarily uses active voice.
- There is pronoun/antecedent agreement.
- Commas are used correctly, i.e., to separate.
- Semicolons are used to join independent clauses.
- Colons are used only before a list, an appositive, or a quotation introduced by an independent clause.
- Apostrophes are used to indicate possession, the omission of letters in words, and plurals in words.
- Dashes are formed with two hyphens.
- Spell-check has been used.
- The paper's presentation is attractive.
- The typeface is easily readable.
- The pages are numbered.
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