Essay evaluation checklist: Does your paper measure up?
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A rubric for grading papers
Use this checklist to evaluate papers before submitting them
- Do you have a title page?
- Is your name on the paper?
Organization and development
- Does the paper follow assignment directions?
- Is there an introduction that entices readers to continue?
- Does your thesis or main point clearly shine through?
- Do you have a sense of the audience to whom you are writing?
- Does the paper unfold orderly and logically?
- Are there sentences that seem out of order or not related to the ones immediately before them?
- Are paragraphs well developed?
- Are specific points illustrated by examples?
- Does the content indicate original thinking and reasoning?
- Is there a concluding paragraph?
Grammar and technique
- Are sentences clear, mature, and smooth?
- Are there any confusing or unclear words?
- Have words such as its/it's, their/there, here/hear been used correctly?
- Has punctuation been checked to eliminate errors such as unneeded commas, comma splices and run-on sentences?
- Have you checked your diction or manner of expression to make sure it is appropriate and not too colloquial?
- Have you checked for agreement between pronoun antecedents or references and the actual pronouns?
- Have you checked for misspelled words?
- Are margins, indentions, and spacing correct?
- Are all resources properly cited?
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