Self-Check Your Writing

Self-Check Your Writing
Before You Draft: Assess Your Intentions
You may wish to answer these questions in writing AFTER you analyze
the writing task assigned and BEFORE you begin writing.
Why am I writing?
Who are my readers? What key characteristics of these readers are important?
What is my main point?
What do I want readers to do/believe as a result of reading this?
What general strategy am I taking?
What role am I assuming?
After You Draft: Assess Your Writing
Let your draft sit for several days. Print a copy, and go back to the draft,
reading like a READER. What works? What is confusing? Read through
steadily, annotating in response to the following questions.
▪ Where do I make central points or questions clear to readers?
▪ How is each section/paragraph related to the central point?
▪ Will readers understand/believe points or do I need additional definitions, evidence, or
▪ Where might the readers raise questions or challenges? Have I addressed them?
▪ What is the general pattern of organization?
▪ How are ideas grouped?
▪ Is the organization logical?
▪ At any point does the organization become unclear?
▪ Do I have key points in the best order (i.e. least important to most important)?
▪ Is the tone appropriate for my purpose/audience?
▪ What sentences seem most effective?
▪ What sentences could use work?
▪ Are there persistent grammatical/mechanical problems or questions?
▪ Is the APA perfect?
You may wish to have somebody else help you with this section. It is VERY difficult to
recognize our own mechanical problems.
Random flashcards
State Flags

50 Cards Education

Countries of Europe

44 Cards Education

Art History

20 Cards StudyJedi

Sign language alphabet

26 Cards StudyJedi

Create flashcards