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Unformatted text preview: A Final Checklist: Is Your Paper Ready for Grading? Focus and Development: Is the topic clearly indicated in the title and opening paragraphs? ls there a clear focus, stance, or purpose introduced early on? Is the focus maintained throughout the piece of writing? is the ending focused on the same goal as the beginning? Are the main and supporting ideas supported with details, evidence, examples, and explanations? Are there lingering questions that have been unanswered, or have all of the loose ends been neatly tied up? Have you satisfied a “critic” of your ideas? Organization: is there an overall pattern to the paper? is that pattern previewed early on so that the reader knows what to expect in the paper? is that pattern clear, sensible, natural? if you made a paragraphby—paragraph outline of the existing draft, would the outline move along easily and sensibly? Do you provide helpful transitions from one part of the paper to the next? How do you do it—-—with headings? with transition sentences at the beginning of new sections? both? Are the individual sections or paragraphs themselves well organized? if you read sections and paragraphs individually, do they read as unified wholes—as mini-papers on a particular topic? Style and Expression: Does the “voice" behindthe writing sound appropriate to the topic, course, and discipline? Does the writing sound smart, educated, well informed, and confident? Are your readers likely to be impressed by your "presence” in the essay? Are the sentences smooth, fluid, natural, and varied? Are they easy to read out loud? \\ Mechanics: MEIJER CENTER FOR WRITING AND MICHIGAN AUTHORS Have you run a spell-check of the document? Have you double-checked to make sure all proper nouns and technical terms are spelled correctly and consistently? Have you checked each sentence for correctness? Try reading the whole .7 , 4 " ' " draft backward, sentence by sentence, to allow you to focus on each sentence individually. Check for sentence fragments, comma splices, fused sentences, and mixed constructions. Is your grammar correct? Check for subject-verb agreement pronoun- -antecedent agreement, and misplaced or dangling modifiers. Have you used commas appropriately? Double-check the most common uses of commas: 1) after introductory phrases, 2) before concluding phrases, 3) around interrupting phrases, 4) before a conjunction joining two independent clauses, and 5) between items in a series. Have you checked all of your plurals and possessives for proper use of the apostrophe? Have you checked for problems with other forms of punctuation: colons, semi—colons, hyphens, dashes, periods, and question marks? Documentation (when appropriate): Are outside sources properly introduced, cited, and documented? Have you checked your citations against the guidelines of the particular style sheet your professor wants you to follow (APA, CSE, IEEE, MLA, etc. )? Have you avoided plagiarism? Have you placed quotation marks around all phrases and sentences that you have lifted directly from outside sources? Have you cited the sources of all ideas and information, including ideas and information that you have paraphrased or summarized from sources? Have you correctly formatted all book titles, periodical titles, newspaper titles, website titles, and article titles? Should they be italicized, underlined, or put into quotation marks? Should some words be capitalized? Have you correctly formatted the appropriate references list at the end of the paper? is it properly numbered or alphabetized? Are the entries properly indented? is the page titled correctly—as "Works Cited,” “References," “Bibliography," or whatever is called for in your particular style sheet? If you have special troubles with spelling, grammar, punctuation, or documentation, review a good handbook or website: Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL): http://owlenglish.purdueedu/ Punctuation Made Simple: http://chumacas.usf.edu/~olson/pms/ The Diana Hacker Website: http://dianahacker.com/bedhandbook/ GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY ...
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