Does every sentence in each paragraph relate back to that paragraph’s
Does every sentence in the body of my paperrelate back to my thesis?
Do all of my sentences communicate my ideas
cleanly and smoothly?
Do I make good use of effective transition words
to guide my audience through my paper?
Do I use descriptive language, such as
adjectives and adverbs that add interest and allow the
audience to “see” my point?
Do I stay away from non-descriptive terms such
as “thing, bad, sad, mad,”etc?(Invest in a thesaurus!!)
Do I refrain from using tired, overusedlanguage and/or phrases (cliches) such as
“once in a lifetime”or “new and improved”?
Have I made sure to consider my audience’sexperience level with my topic and provided
sufficient detail to explain unfamiliar terms? Do I use
language acceptable to an academic audience?(No “bikini” language at the wedding!)