Getting Feedback

A writer seeks feedback to begin the revising process. Once you have a draft on paper, you can get feedback from others on whether you have met your stated goals and whether what you have written is suitable. Although many students are reluctant to take the time to get feedback, getting an objective opinion about your draft gives you valuable information you can use in revision. A way to get especially valuable feedback is to give your teacher, classmates, or even your work colleagues a checklist of items you particularly want feedback on.

You may use a checklist similar to the one presented here to solicit specific feedback in particular areas or a modified, shorter list.

Checklist for Feedback on Your Writing Assignments

Planning and Researching
____ Is the thesis statement clear and focused on one major idea?
____ Are the intent and purpose expressed clearly?
____ Is the target audience clearly defined?
____ Does the scope seem appropriate for this writing project?
____ Is sufficient information provided?
____ Does the author of the paper or assignment consider other perspectives or address possible questions?
____ Are facts and opinions explained and supported in convincing detail?
Organizing and Drafting
____ Is the controlling idea sufficiently developed?
____ Are the major ideas defined clearly and sequenced logically to fit the purpose?
____ Do the minor ideas clearly support the major ideas?
____ Does the introduction clearly set the stage by announcing the thesis and controlling idea?
____ Does the conclusion return to the controlling idea and review the major ideas?
____ Do the transitions clearly act as verbal signals?
____ Does the author use logical connections and summarize when necessary?
____ Are there mechanical errors the author should correct?
____ Does the format of the paper promote quick, clear understanding?
____ Do the graphics clarify the text?

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As you develop as a writer, you will adopt a positive attitude toward feedback and solicit it whenever possible. Three ways of gaining feedback are

Getting feedback is a precursor to revising your draft, which you may do several times. The comments of others and your own assessment of your work can become the basis for your revision.