Checklist for Your First Draft

Planning and Researching Phases

____ Is the thesis statement clear and focused on one major idea?
____ Are the intent and purpose clearly expressed?
____ Is the target audience clearly defined?
____ Does the scope seem appropriate for this writing project?
____ Is sufficient information provided?
____ Does the paper consider other perspectives or address possible questions?
____ Are facts and opinions explained and supported in convincing detail?

Organizing and Drafting Phases

____ Is the controlling idea sufficiently developed?
____ Are the major parts clearly defined and logically sequenced to fit the purpose?
____ Do the minor ideas clearly support the major statements?
____ Does the introduction clearly set the stage by announcing the controlling idea?
____ Does the conclusion return to the controlling idea and review the major parts?