Essay Checklist: (Based on the 6 + 1 Trait Rubric)
Before you hand in your essay, take the time to go over this checklist and put a check next to the items you think you have covered properly. Those you haven’t covered, you’d better cover now! J
______Follows the required format.
______In point form, concise, and precise.
______Thesis and Restatement: Full sentences
______ Appropriate and effective
______The paper is clear and focused (thesis/claim is obvious).
______Ideas are fresh and original.
______ Relevant, telling, accurate, quality details/evidence go beyond the obvious.
______ Details back up all claims effectively.
______ Structure of the paper enhances the central idea/claim/thesis.
______ Includes satisfying introduction (hook, good narrowing down, and appropriate thesis/claim) that
would make a reader want to keep reading.
______ Includes a satisfying conclusion: restatement, opening up (advice, opinion, saying, or food for thought).
______ Thoughtful transitions and excellent "flow"/pacing of information throughout.
______ Sequencing logical and effective. I tell things in an order that makes sense.
______ I speak directly to the reader in an individual, compelling, engaging way.
______ I have thought about my reader. I have tried to make my writing clear to him/her.
______ I take risks, and the paper is interesting, honest and engaging.
______ Words convey the message in a precise, interesting and natural way.
______ Words are specific and accurate. I choose words that will help make my meaning clear.
______ Language enhances and clarifies meaning.
______ Sentences are well built (good sentence structure).
______ My paper would be easy to read out loud.
Conventions or Mechanics
______ My punctuation is correct.
______ I use capital letters on proper names of people, places, or things.
______ My spelling is correct.
______ I respect the “Agreement of tenses” rule.
______ I have proofread my paper.
______ Paper visually clear and pleasing.