The Final Draft

The final draft is what you will hand in as the completed paper. If you are writing an examination, the final draft may be your handwritten answers once you have had a chance to read over them quickly and make corrections. If you are writing under other circumstances, you will have more time to produce a final draft, so it will probably look more finished and formal.

By the time you write the final draft, your writing should look fairly polished. Choppy sentences, poor or nonexistent transitions between paragraphs, grammar and spelling errors, and other characteristics of a first draft should all disappear. In addition, your final draft should incorporate comments you have received as well as changes you want to make based on your own evaluation.

Before you turn in your final draft, you should read what you have written all the way through at least once more. If you find something wrong with your paper at the last minute, attempt to correct it before you hand it in. Check with your teacher before making minor corrections with a black pen on the final paper. If your paper has too many corrections, you know it needs another revision.

At this point, you can use the following assessment checklist for your final draft. This checklist is briefer than the previous assessment during the drafting phase. You may, however, use either one to your benefit. Here, your evaluation should determine how well your writing assignment achieved its purposes.

Checklist for Your Final Draft

Content: Is the assignment complete? Is the information appropriate?

Organization:Is the order of the information logical? Are the introduction and conclusion clear and related?

Style: Are the style and tone appropriate? Are the sentences smooth and efficient? Is the diction appropriate, concrete, and accurate? Is the paper free from mechanical errors?

Format: Is the assignment in the required format?

When your answers to all of these questions are a confident yes, your final draft is ready to hand in.