Set V, 5

Check list for compositions

(excluding manuscript form and mechanical errors)

1. Is there a definite, appropriate introduction?

2. Is the central idea clear in one of these ways:

a. in the specific thesis statement at the end of the introductory paragraph (Baker method),

b. by the overall emphasis or by the specific statements in the introductory paragraph(s),

c. in the body immediately following certain types of introduction?

3. Often a thesis statement or an introduction indicates a specific organization for the body. Has such an organization been used when it is indicated?

4. Has the body been fully, specifically, and relevantly developed answering the why, the how, the when, the who, etc., as needed for each generalization? Have generalizations been qualified so that they are not too broad?

5. Has the body been effectively organized and paragraphed? Does each paragraph contain--begin with, if necessary--a specific topic sentence (if it be not implied) that controls the ideas that particular paragraph and which relates that paragraph to the central idea? Are all data relevant?

6. Are all sentences within a given paragraph closely related in thought through meaning relationships and, where applicable, tied snugly together by linking devices?

7. Is each paragraph tied snugly to the one before through a close meaning relationship and/or by a linking device?

8. Does the composition suddenly stop, or is there a planned conclusion?

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