Today's Snack: Before you make your final checklist, have some Chex
Mix. That's not a great rhyme, but it's close enough. Just stir together some
Chex cereal with short pretzel sticks, peanuts and any other treats and spices
that you like. Drink some apple juice for sweetness to go with that saltiness.
Take a writing sample
from each student
Print out this
checklist and have students go over their writing,
then get back together
This is a good
checklist to use
before you turn in an
paper responds to the prompt or assignment.
handwriting is clear, in dark ink or pencil lead, without scratch-outs or
obvious erasures, and very easy to read.
paper is free of errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation and usage.
are no sentence fragments or run-on sentences.
paper has sentences and paragraphs, and is not just a list or made up of notes
paper takes up at least one full page.
paper's tone is appropriate to the audience.
has a single, distinct focus.
ideas or events presented are well-developed, relate clearly to the focus of
the paper, and are written in an order that makes sense.
a logical flow to the ideas or events so that the reader can follow along
without any confusion or any need to re-read.
main idea is supported with well-chosen details.
aren't just listed, but are integrated into the flow of ideas.
an attention-getting "hook" opening and a memorable closing with a clear
opening and the conclusion relate to each other somehow.
reader isn't left with unanswered questions.
are effective transition words and phrases that link the paper together.
is variety in the transition words or phrases chosen; they aren't all the same
is variety in the sentence styles: simple vs. complex, short vs. long,
questions vs. declarations, etc., which makes the text flow pleasantly.
choice is precise, interesting and vivid, displaying a large vocabulary.
isn't any redundancy and the same words aren't repeated much, if at all.
□ The paper
omits irrelevant or boring details and obvious, common knowledge.
words are explained or defined when necessary.
□ The paper
itself looks perfectly clean, proofread and cared for.
are spaciously indented.
□ The layout
of the paragraphs has eye appeal - not too "gray" but not too sparse.
□ The text
is complete, but not so long that it drags.
writing comes to a satisfying, graceful conclusion, and doesn't just stop.
□ Facts and
statistics that are cited are backed up with research citations of where the
information came from.
□ Quotes and
opinions are attributed to a named source.
specific and detailed, not vague, confusing and abstract.
□ No unusual
vocabulary, jargon or technical words are left undefined.
□ The tone
matches the purpose of the writing and the intended audience.