Module One Editing Checklist
Complete this form twice: Once on your own, then once for a partner (switch seats and peer edit). Editors: Please be honest, give constructive criticism, and help the reader to earn an ‘A’ on this assignment!
Writer’s (the author of the essay) Last Name
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Writer’s (the author of the essay) First Name
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Editor's (the person completing this checklist) Last Name
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Editor's (the person completing this checklist) First Name
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Is there a STRONG introduction with a HOOK to capture the reader’s interest? The hook should be appealing, interesting, and catch the reader’s attention. Sample: A relevant quotation, question, fact, or definition.
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Is the scene set: character, time, and place are clearly identified?
Is the final sentence of paragraph one a thesis statement: start of the story, moral/lesson, theme?
Does the story establish the situation using well-chosen details?
Is dialogue used effectively?
Do descriptions appeal to all 5 senses (touch, smell, sight, taste, sound)?
Does the conclusion successfully close the story and clearly state how the struggle was resolved (or not)?
Does the author clearly explain how the struggle has affected his/her life?
Does the conclusion include the lesson/moral learned and the effect on life after the struggle?
Does body paragraph one include life before the struggle and events leading to the struggle?
Does body paragraph two introduce the struggle?
Does body paragraph three incorporate steps to begin resolving the struggle?
Does the story have a clear sequence (i.e. chronological order—story in written in order of time) that builds to a logical conclusion?
Does the writer use transition words to logically connect the sequence of ideas?• transitions between paragraphs to show a change in events• transitions used to show the progression of time
Are there 5 indented paragraphs? (indented using the TAB key)
Are there at least 5 sentences per paragraph?
Does the story include vivid details and figurative language?
Do sentences vary in pattern & structure (i.e. Each paragraph begins with a different word, sentences include a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences)
Spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and other mechanics are correct.
Grammar and usage are correct.
Numbers are written out, no contractions.
Is the story written from the first person point of view (the narrator is a character within the story; pronouns such as I, me, we are used)?
Is the essay written in proper MLA Format? (using the template given?)
No extras (underlining, italicizing, word art, “The End,” etc.)
Comments that you feel will help the writer get an ‘A’:
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