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Revision All writing requires revision, which means more than just running a spellchecker. Writers should revise in a hierarchical order. First, begin revising global aspects of writing (content, organization), then move on to the smaller, detail-oriented aspects (style, varied sentence structure, etc.). The list below will help you take a hierarchical approach to revising your writing. Check for Overall Unity and Clarity 1. What is the main point of your paper? 2. Does the introduction clearly introduce the point? 3. Is there a thesis statement near the beginning (in the first or second paragraph) that clearly and concisely asserts the main point? 4. Does each paragraph help to advance your main line of thought? Does any paragraph digress from that line of thought? Does each paragraph fit in with the other paragraphs surrounding it? 5. Is your tone—your attitude toward the subject—consistent? (If not, you may want to reexamine your attitude toward the topic.) 6. Does the conclusion show that the essay has reached its goal? Check Body Paragraphs for Unity and Cohesion  1. Does the main point of each paragraph refer back to and further develop your thesis? 2.
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