- Satisfy reader expectations
- Quickly summarize your argument
- Visualize structure of argument
- Topic sentences
- What does your audience expect from your argument?
- Is the tone/content appropriate for your audience? (Think about pathos and ethos)
- Does the essay satisfy objections or questions the readers may have?
- Do you know your argument well enough to boil it down to one sentence? (Hint: thesis statement should do this.)
- Can your argument be communicated easily and clearly?
- How can your argument be made more clear in your essay?
- Does the order of your paragraphs/evidence make sense?
- Would switching around some of the paragraphs make your argument stronger?
- Does one paragraph deal with two ideas?
- What is important for your audience to know?
- What isn't important for them to know?
- Does each body paragraph have a topic sentence?
- Does the topic sentence match the content of the paragraph?
- Does the topic sentence set up appropriate expectations for the evidence you provide?
- Do the topic sentences point back toward/support your thesis?
- Should be present at beginning and end of paragraphs
- Smoothly move between points
- Create a flow in the essay
- Should recap your argument
- Briefly remind readers of the evidence you provided
- Provide a sense of closure
- Shouldn't introduce new information
- Final sentence shouldn't feel like a cliffhanger