The checklist is inspired by the Ashford UWC
- Printable Revision Checklist (pdf)
- The links below are compiled on a single webpage for easier accessibility here: Links for Revision Checklist
☐ Did you follow all of the assignment instructions?
☐ Appropriate page length? (Minimum page length + the Works Cited?)
☐ Did you include references to primary and secondary sources?
☐ Do the opening sentences draw the reader in?
☐ Do you provide adequate context for the topic/ theme?
☐ Do you formally introduce the text (film or novel) your essay will analyze?
☐ Does the introduction lead your reader clearly to your thesis?
☐ Is your thesis specific and focused using precise word choice?
☐ Does your thesis make a point worth considering? In other words, does it answer what the significance of your argument is? Does it go beyond observation (for example, Annihilation uses the uncanny) to make a claim (Annihilation uses the uncanny to_________________.)
☐ Do your paragraphs begin with topic sentences that clarify the argument for the paragraph?
- Avoid beginning body paragraphs with quotes, plot summary, generalizations, or facts.
☐ Does each paragraph have a single topic or point?
☐ Do you develop your claims thoroughly with evidence, reasons, or examples?
☐ Do all the ideas in your paragraph flow together and prove or illustrate your topic sentence?
☐ Have you made adequate transitions from paragraph to paragraph?
☐ Is each paragraph related to your main idea or thesis?
☐ Does your conclusion begin with a brief summation of your thesis/main points?
☐ Does your conclusion reflect on the importance of your topic to the reader/ society?
☐ Does your conclusion leave your reader with something meaningful to think about?
☐ Did you integrate the quotes with a signal phrase: In “Nutritionism,” Michael Pollan argues, “ " (42). OR a lead-in sentence: Langston Hughes creates an optimistic tone through the speaker’s emphatic belief that America can still become a land of opportunity: “ " (lines 7-8).
☐ Did you cite your quotations using proper MLA formatted in-text citations? For example:
- (Pollan 42)—texts with author and page #
- (Roberts)—texts with author but no page #, usually a web source.
- (“Anthropocene”)—text with no author or page #. Use a shortened version of the text’s title.
☐ If you have block quotations (quotes that extend over four typed lines), did you format them correctly?
☐ Do you cite the information you paraphrased or summarized from sources with in-text citations?
☐ Did you check your document to make sure that any ideas taken from another source were cited? Failure to cite ideas taken from sources is a form of plagiarism.
Voice & Style
☐ Do you avoid overly casual language or clichés?
☐ Does your paper sound appropriately academic? In other words, if you use varied vocabulary, do the words fit the context of your sentences?
☐ Are your sentences clear, precise, and easy to understand?
☐ Any unnecessary wordiness?
☐ Do your ideas flow logically from one idea to the next?
☐ Is your paper formatted according to MLA guidelines? Appropriate header? Page numbers? Title?
☐ Do you have a Works Cited that is MLA formatted?
☐ Do you use 12 pt. Times New Roman Font?
☐ Do you use 1” margins?
☐ Did you proofread your paper for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors?
☐ Did you read your essay aloud to catch syntax or awkward phrasing issues?