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Module Five

REVISING YOUR PAPER - THE MAKEOVER

The worst is over. You already have the content, now you just need to clean things up and add the finishing touches. Think of it as a makeover.

shopping
Take a little time off

playing video games
Get away from it for awhile.

BUT FIRST
YOU DESERVE A BREAK!

Then come back and look at it with a fresh eye. In fact, try to look at it through someone else's eyes who is not familiar with the topic.
Read it out loud and ask yourself these questions about...

WRITING

  • Do I have good paragraph transitions?
  • Have I checked for sentence fragments and run on sentences and fixed them?
  • Are verb tenses consistent?
  • Are subjects and their verbs in agreement?
  • Do I have an interesting introduction and good
    conclusion?

AND

CONTENT

  • Have I clearly stated my purpose?
  • Have I stayed on topic?
  • Is information presented logically?
  • Do my sources support my argument?
  • Have I cited everything that is not my own work or idea?
  • Have I accomplished my purpose or convincingly
    defended my position?

Keep working on your paper until you can answer YES to all of the above.Then go on to proofread your paper.

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