Checklist for “Finding Your Hidden Intellectualism” Paper

Please answer the questions and add a brief comment.

Important Note: If any answer is “No,” you must revise the paper until it is “Yes”! (If not, I won’t read the paper. Feel free to contact or visit me for help.)

  1. Have you incorporated the teacher’s suggestions on the introduction and body paragraphs, which you turned in for feedback?

  1. Does the title suggest the topic and point you are making in your paper?

  1. Does your introduction have a catchy hook?

  1. In the introduction, do you introduce the topic or issue?

  1. In the introduction, do you introduce the work you are responding by giving the author, essay, and a one- or two-line summary? (Alternatively, this could appear in the first body paragraph.)

  1. Does your thesis statement answer this question: “How do participants in the hobby or interest you have selected demonstrate academic skills?”

  1. Does your thesis name a specific hobby or interest and explain what academic skill it involves?

  1. Is the thesis debatable?

  1. Does each body paragraph have a topic sentence, which announces specific aspect of the hobby or interest, explaining how it develops a specific skill related to your thesis?

  1. Are your paragraphs focused on only one skill and one aspect of the hobby or interest?

  1. Do your paragraphs have substantial support in the form of many, many examples, facts, statistics, anecdotes, quotes, summaries, and paraphrases?

  1. Do your quotes, summaries, and paraphrases have correct MLA in-text citations?

  1. Would your evidence convince a skeptical reader?

  1. Do your paragraphs have concluding sentences that show how the evidence supports the main idea of the paragraph, or show how this skill is applicable to school or career?

  1. Do you have a conclusion, in which you summarize your main points?

  1. Have you used specific wording, replacing vague words and phrases like “you” (when it means “everybody”); “they” (when it means “somebody); “it,” “this,” and “that” (when the pronouns do not refer to a nearby noun); “bad,” “good,” “stupid,” “interesting,” “boring,” “wonderful,” and other positive or negative adjectives that do not contain specific information; “everything,” “everyone,” “everywhere,” “always,” “throughout history,” “people,” “in life,” “in the world,” “in today’s society,” “things,” and “stuff,” ?

  1. Have you added 5-10 facts, examples and anecdotes to the polished draft?

  1. Have you added 5-10 adjective clauses or phrases, which give relevant information, and underlined them?

  1. Have you substantially rewritten the paper so that it is noticeably improved over previous drafts and noticeable different? (If not, I won’t read the paper.)

What you need to turn in:

(Please check them off)

_____ a folder

_____ prewriting materials: brainstorming and freewriting

_____ copies of introduction and body paragraphs with my feedback

_____ first complete draft with 20-30 vague words and phrases crossed out and more specific wording written in

_____ polished draft, which is significantly improved over previous draft, and contains 5-10 added and underlined adjective clauses

_____ lab report

_____ this checklist

_____ online copy posted on Insight

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