Revision questions for essays (from http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson800/RevisionGuides.pdf):
Looking at ideas and information (content)
• Is there an identified topic and/or purpose?
• Does the piece stay on topic?
• Is the topic appropriate for the assignment?
• How are the details? Are they adequate, necessary, relevant and related to
the paper’s purpose?
• Is information accurate and consistent?
• Are the sources listed? Are they reputable?
• Are the ideas conveyed thoroughly and effectively?
Looking at clarity and flow of ideas (organization)
• Is there coherence throughout the piece?
• Does the piece have a logical order that meshes with the topic?
• Can the reader pick out main ideas?
• Are there transitions between ideas?
Looking at support and elaboration (reasoning)
• Is the purpose stated for the audience?
• Are there enough details provided? Are there too many details?
• Did the writer make personal connections to the text?
• Does the writer present any new information or insight into the topic?
• Does the conclusion match with the elaboration provided? Is the conclusion
Looking at language choice and usage (rhetoric)
• Is the selected genre directly tied to the writing assignment?
• Is the format appropriate to the piece?
• Is there an awareness of the audience?
• Is the voice consistent?
• Is the voice appropriate to the piece?
Looking at conventions (standard written English)
• Is the writing fluent?
• Is the writing such that errors in sentence structure, grammar, punctuation,
and mechanics interfere with the comprehension of the text?
• Is borrowed text cited appropriately?