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Self-Evaluation
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Self-Evaluation

Paragraph by Paragraph*

Now that you have finished your first draft, think about your goals for this paper, your audience, what you have done so far, and what you need to do before you submit a final draft.

  • In general, what do you want to say in this paper?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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  • What do you want your reader to do or think after reading the paper?

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Now, for EACH PARAGRAPH, answer the following questions, using the space below and on the back:

Paragraph No. ____

What does this paragraph say?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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What is this paragraph supposed to contribute to the whole paper?

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At this point, what do you want your reader to do or think?

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What do you need to change?

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Paragraph No. ____

What does this paragraph say?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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What is this paragraph supposed to contribute to the whole paper?

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At this point, what do you want your reader to do or think?

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What do you need to change?

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Paragraph No. ____

What does this paragraph say?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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What is this paragraph supposed to contribute to the whole paper?

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At this point, what do you want your reader to do or think?

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What do you need to change?

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Paragraph No. ____

What does this paragraph say?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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What is this paragraph supposed to contribute to the whole paper?

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At this point, what do you want your reader to do or think?

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What do you need to change?

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Paragraph No. ____

What does this paragraph say?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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What is this paragraph supposed to contribute to the whole paper?

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At this point, what do you want your reader to do or think?

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What do you need to change?

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Paragraph No. ____

What does this paragraph say?  Sum up your answer in ONE SENTENCE.

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What is this paragraph supposed to contribute to the whole paper?

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At this point, what do you want your reader to do or think?

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What do you need to change?

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*adapted from Richard Beach and Sarah Eaton's "Factors Influencing Self-Assessing and Revising by College Freshmen," in New Directions in Composition Research,  ed. Richard Beach and Lillian S. Bridwell, New York: Guilford Press, 1984, 149-170.

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Self-Evaluation

Grammar and Style

 

1. Check sentences.

__ Does each sentence contain a subject, verb, and grammatically complete thought?

__ Are all sentences properly separated or joined?

__ Are all sentences clear?

__ Are all of the words in each sentence necessary?

__ Does the verb usually convey the action of the sentence?

__ Is the actor in the sentence usually the subject?

2. Check consistency.

__ Do the verbs agree with their subjects?

__ Do the pronouns agree with the words they refer to?

__ Is the sequence of verb tenses logical?

__ Are all words in series or lists grammatically parallel?

3. Check words.

__  Have you spelled all words correctly?

__ Are the words precise, concrete, and accurate?

__ Are all words nonsexist?

__ Are the words unbiased (if an objective tone is expected)?
__  Are the words expressive (if a subjective tone is expected)?

__ Is all terminology appropriate for the reader? If not, is it defined?

__ Have you used the simplest words that can accurately express the meaning?

__ Are the numbers accurate?

4. Check mechanics.

__ Have you followed the comma rules?

__ Have you capitalized words appropriately?

__ Have you used apostrophes correctly?

__ Have you inserted quotation marks wherever they are needed?

__ Have you used the appropriate citation style correctly?

© 1999 Teresa M. Redd

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