NARRATIVE ESSAY CHECKLIST Once you have a draft of your essay, you can begin to revise. Use this checklist as a starting point for revision. Can you answer the following questions? Introduction: What am I trying to say? Does my narrative thesis tell the reader what the story is going to be about? Does it give away too much of the story? (it shouldn't) Do I have a clear thesis in the first paragraph? Body paragraphs: Does my story go in chronological order? Does each paragraph have a transition – either a time or place transition? Does each paragraph have only one idea or action? Is the story clear? Conclusion: Is there a meaningful significance to this narrative essay? Can people who read the story relate to the message behind it? What is my message, if there is one? Basic notes on format: Are paragraphs fairly short? Are margins at one inch? Is it double-spaced? Do you have a title? Is it the proper length? Is your name and class at the top left of the page? Is it written in a serif font, like Times New Roman? When you turn in your paper, turn in your rough draft as well as your final draft, with your final draft on top.