O2 10 Persuasive Essay Assignment Editing Checklist

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Self Editing Checklist: English 10
Student Name: ___________________
Instructions:
Read each item on the checklist below and make sure that you have completed its task before
checking it off.
Attach this sheet to your essay package when you pass it in for assessment.
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My essay is 5 paragraphs long
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My essay has one introductory, three body, and one concluding paragraph
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ALL 5 of my paragraphs have solid TOPIC, SUPPORTING, and CONCLUDING sentences
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Each paragraph is AT LEAST 5 sentences long
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I can answer “yes” to each of the following questions on all 3 of my body paragraph TOPIC SENTENCES
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o
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a) does it let the reader know the subtopic for this paragraph
b) is it NOT too specific/too detailed?
c) will the reader be able to accurately predict what the paragraph will be about?
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The first line of my essay is connected to my essay’s topic and “grabs” the reader’s attention.
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I can answer “yes” to all of the following questions on my THESIS STATEMENT
o
o
A) Does it have a topic and an opinion ?
B) Is it a complete sentence?
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Each of my 3 body paragraphs has it’s own CLEAR subtopic that isn’t repetitive of any other body
paragraphs.
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My conclusion summarizes my essay’s main points
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The last sentence of my essay leaves the reader with a final strong impression to think about
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I have gone through my essay VERY CAREFULLY and am convinced that it has NO sentence fragments,
comma splices, or run-on sentences
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I have checked my essay for words/phrases that I have repeated too many times
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I have checked my essay to make sure that I have replaced any “boring” words
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I do not use words such as ‘things’ and instead use more specific wording
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I have read my essay OUT LOUD to myself, and can say the following:
 I have not had to restart a sentence because I got confused in the middle or tripped over my
words
 My sentences don’t sound short and choppy
Questions for Reflection:
What do you think you did well on your essay?
What do you want me to notice about your essay?
With what did you struggle in the writing process?
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