Unformatted text preview: (311300.151 FOR ARGUMENTATIVE PAPERS 1. Does your paper have an argument (a drain)? What is it?
2. Is your argument stated clearly and suggestively somewhere in the first paragraph?
3. Is your argument developed carefully throughout the paper? Does each paragraph build and strengthen the argument?
4. Does your paper have a clear outline? If so, does the outline develop its ideas in a logical progression?
5. If there is no clear outline, jot down a brief one based on what you have written and see if the organization of the paper is logical. 6. What is the paper’s principle of organization? Is it organized according to ideas (as it should be), or
is it organized according to plot events, characters, or separate texts (as it should not be)? 7. Is each paragraph uniﬁed around one main topic? Are the sentences in each paragraph organized
coherently? 8. Are there smooth transitions and topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph? 9. Do the ideas of your paper How smoothly from paragraph to paragraph? (If not, work on
strong paragraph closure and opening transitions.) 10. Are the ideas in each paragraph developed carefully and substantiated persuasively? 11. Do you support your claims with appmpriate quotations? 12. Do the quotations flow smoothly within the body of your paper or are they left hanging? (Work
on the introduction and integration of quotations.) Remember, quotations do not speak for
themselves! Papers and paragraphs should begin and end in your own words— not quotations. 1.3. Does the conclusion simply repeat your already developed argument, or does it push your
argument farther for its larger signiﬁcance to the meaning of the teXt? (Strive for the second
option: the “So what?”) 14. Does the introduction provide a clear map of the argument to come without “stealing the fire”
of the paper itself? The introduction should invite your reader to explore your argument in a provocative and useful way. 15. Does your paper have a relevant title? ...
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