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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Overview Nonfiction: Draft Self-Feedback Outline

Workshop: An Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults

After you’ve written your draft set it aside for a few days and then use this general outline before you begin your polish draft.

Read over rough draft quickly. Then summarize briefly your immediate honest comments towards the paper as a whole by answering the following questions:
  1. What part did you like best about this paper? Specify.

  1. What part do you think needs the most work? Be specific.

Now reread the rough draft.

Introductory paragraphs require the following ingredients:
            Statement of the Issue                                            Clear thesis statement
            A Thesis Worth Examining                                    Narrow Focus
            Attention Getter                                                        Clarity

Using these criteria for your critique, answer the following questions.

  1. What are the introductory paragraphs strengths? Be specific.

  1. What are its weaknesses? Be specific. If you have a constructive suggestion for improvement mention it.


  1. Does the essay have a clear introduction, body and conclusion? If not, say where you see a problem and why.

  1. Does the writer follow the established topic? If not, point out.


  1. Is there a topic sentence for each body paragraph, which clearly establishes the idea to be discussed? If not, say what’s missing.

  1. Does the information in each paragraph apply to the topic? Is there any information that strays?

  1. Are the body paragraphs developed with examples, illustrations, quotes, and specifics? Do you have any constructive suggestions?

  1. Does the essay include characteristics of its specific style? If not, what’s missing?


11. Are there enough transitions used between and within paragraphs to make each part of the essay flow together as one whole? Are there any gaps?

12. Does the concluding paragraph restate the thesis and leave the reader with a final thought on the subject?

       13 Do sentence fragments, run-ons, punctuation, verb tenses, or spelling errors get in the way of understanding the paper? Make concrete comments if apply.

Share: Were you surprised by any positive or negative discoveries?

                                                   Read deep, marcy

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