This method is presented in more detail in Chapter 4.
Think big. Look at the draft as a whole.
- Does it fulfill assignment in topic and length?
- Does it have clear focus?
- What parts do not relate to the focus?
- How can it be reorganized to make it more logical?
- What evidence could be added?
- How could flow between paragraphs be smoother?
- Is point of view consistent?
Think medium. Look at the draft paragraph by paragraph.
- How can you make the lead more interesting?
- How can you make the tone of the introduction match the rest of the paper?
- Would visible structure state the focus more effectively?
- Does each paragraph support the thesis?
- Does each present relevant, specific evidence?
- Should any be combined or eliminated?
- Which do and don't use topic sentences effectively?
- How can you improve transitions?
- How can you make the conclusion more effective?
- Is the tone of the conclusion appropriate?
Think small. Look at the draft sentence by sentence.
- Which sentences are difficult to understand? How can you reword them?
- Which sentences are too long?
- Which short, choppy sentences can be combined?
- Which sentences seem vague? How can you clarify them?
- Which sentences have usage errors? How could you correct them?
Think picky. Look at your draft as the fussiest critic might.
- Which words are unclear or not quite right? Which could you use instead?
- Are any words spelled incorrectly?
- Are the pages numbered consecutively?
- Does the appearance make a good impression?
- Is there anything else you can do to improve your draft?