|Essay Checklist: To ensure you have a complete essay, you will want to check off all of the following:
____ The essay responds to all parts of the assignment and effectively fulfills all the requirements.
____ The essay is an analysis of/argument about the text(s).
____ The essay is double spaced with 1-inch margins at the top, sides and bottom of each page.
____ There is no extra spacing between paragraphs, just half inch indents at the start of each paragraph.
____ The essay meets the minimum page requirements.
____ The paper title is appropriate, creative and draws in reader interest.
____ The title page and numbering are properly formatted according to standard conventions (i.e. MLA).
____ The names of the texts are properly formatted (names of longer works likes books and plays are
italicized or underlined, and titles of shorter works like chapter titles and short stories are in quotes)
____ I included a Work Cited page citing the primary text I wrote about as well as any outside research.
____ My introduction names the text(s) I am analyzing (title & author).
____ My introduction contains a thesis that is clear and arguable and has a clear “so what?”
____ My introduction is quick to capture reader interest and strongly orients the reader.
____ Each paragraph has a clear topic sentence stating a claim that directly supports the thesis.
____ Each paragraph contains supporting information (evidence) and analysis (so what?”).
____ The paragraphs are focused, fair, reasonable, logical and contain clear transitions.
____ The conclusion leads to a larger significance and does not simply summarize the points made.
____ I have not plagiarized in this paper and know the repercussions if I have plagiarized.
____ I have cited all borrowed ideas and put all borrowed language in quotes.
____ I have included quotes and paraphrases from the reading.
____ All quotes are connected to phrases that introduce them—there are no “dropped” quotes.
____ I have followed all quotes with page numbers in parenthesis (and/or author depending on citation).
____ All quotes fit in logically and are accompanied with analysis that expresses the quote’s significance.
____ If I used outside research, it was credible, it met the required number of sources, and it was used to
directly support my argument.
____ I have crafted sentences with attention to word choice, sentence combining, sentence variety,
parallelism and have eliminated wordiness to create concise, purposeful and coherent sentences.
____ The paper is carefully proofread and the sentence-level errors have been corrected.