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Is each sentence in your paper, particularly the sentence (or sentences) that acts as your thesis statement, clearly communicating its meaning to the reader?

Sentence Structure

Is the structure of each sentence functioning properly? Are sentences balanced, i.e., parallel ideas/structures? Is each sentence complete?


Check that all punctuation is necessary, clear, and functioning correctly, particularly commas, semicolons, and colons.


Did you adhere to MLA format for in-text citations? For titles? For numbers?


Did you run the spell check? Did you check for errors commonly introduced by the spell check?

Take one last look at your thesis statement. Could it

be revised to more concisely and clearly represent

the argument of your paper?

Adapted from What Is Writing?: An Introduction to Writing as an Act and Medium of Communication (2015). 

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