When you have finished writing:

      1. Reread what you have written.
      2. Read it aloud to yourself.
      3. Have a partner read the piece aloud to you.
      4. Ask a friend, parent, or teacher to read the piece and
      make suggestions.
      5. Use the revision, proofreading, and editing checklists
      to make corrections and improvements.


    • Do I have enough ideas?
    • Do I stick to my thesis?
    • Are the topic sentences strong and interesting?
    • Do I have enough clear and specific supporting details
    • Have I included examples to show and prove my point(s)?
    • Are the ideas arranged in a logical order?
    • Do the ideas flow smoothly?
    • Do I have a strong introduction and conclusion?


    • Are my sentences complete? Do I have any fragments or
    • Are my sentences varied in structure and length?
    • Have I used parallel constructions where appropriate?
    • Do all verbs agree with their subjects?
    • Are verb tenses consistent? (If I am writing about
      literature, have I used present tense?)
    • Have I used the correct form of each pronoun?
    • Do pronouns agree in number, person, and gender?
    • Have I chosen appropriate and interesting vocabulary for
      the SOAPS (See the "Essay" section)
    • Did I capitalize the first word in each sentence and all proper nouns and adjectives?
    • Have I checked the spelling of words of which I am not
    • Did I use the dictionary or spell-check?
    • Are plural and possessive forms spelled correctly?
    • Did I indent my paragraphs?
    • If I included dialogue, did I indent each time a different
      person spoke?
    • Are there any words missing?
    • Have I checked for punctuation, especially end punctuation?
    • If documentation is used, have I checked to make sure I
      have the correct form and punctuation?

    A Guide to Communication: The Grosse Pointe Public Schools Style Sheet
    © The Grosse Pointe Public School System, 2000