Persuasive Essay Proofreading Checklist for



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Persuasive Essay Proofreading Checklist for _________________________

In addition to adding comments and corrections on the paper, this is a checklist of items that I will be looking for on your final drafts. Check off those that are OK and circle or

highlight those that need work before the final draft is completed.

First Look—things you know just from looking at the essay
____ 1. Title: Interesting/not just a topic!
____ 2. Indents & Spacing: Double-spaced/all paragraphs indented/no extra spaces between

Essay—things identified by a thorough reading of the essay
____ 3. Introduction: Interesting/Includes a clear thesis statement and at least three sentences
____ 4. Persuasion: Lists at least two solid points/Supports points with reasoning and examples
____ 5. Research: If used, fact or statistic is cited properly in the text
____ 6. Structure: Stays on topic throughout/Reasoning follows a logical order
____ 7. Conclusion: Ends on a persuasive note/Not just a repeat of the intro/Not “you choose”

Mechanics—those details that affect how easy it is for others to read the essay
____ 8. Spelling & Grammar: Look for confused words/capitalization/comma and period placement
____ 9. Sentence Fluency: Clear, varied sentences throughout/No run-ons or fragments
____ 10. No you’s/I think’s/I believe’s: Never! Also, circle or cross out any found in the essay

Tactical Help—can you help strengthen the arguments in this essay?
11. In my opinion, your weakest argument was… …because…

12. One example that you could include to illustrate your points better is…

13. (Optional) If I could think of another persuasive reason to support your argument, it would be…
Proofread by your pal, ___________________________________

Persuasive Essay Proofreading Checklist for _________________________

In addition to adding comments and corrections on the paper, this is a checklist of items that I will be looking for on your final drafts. Check off those that are OK and circle or

highlight those that need work before the final draft is completed.

First Look—things you know just from looking at the essay
____ 1. Title: Interesting/not just a topic!
____ 2. Indents & Spacing: Double-spaced/all paragraphs indented/no extra spaces between

Essay—things identified by a thorough reading of the essay
____ 3. Introduction: Interesting/Includes a clear thesis statement and at least three sentences
____ 4. Persuasion: Lists at least two solid points/Supports points with reasoning and examples
____ 5. Research: If used, fact or statistic is cited properly in the text
____ 6. Structure: Stays on topic throughout/Reasoning follows a logical order
____ 7. Conclusion: Ends on a persuasive note/Not just a repeat of the intro/Not “you choose”

Mechanics—those details that affect how easy it is for others to read the essay
____ 8. Spelling & Grammar: Look for confused words/capitalization/comma and period placement
____ 9. Sentence Fluency: Clear, varied sentences throughout/No run-ons or fragments
____ 10. No you’s/I think’s/I believe’s: Never! Also, circle or cross out any found in the essay

Tactical Help—can you help strengthen the arguments in this essay?
11. In my opinion, your weakest argument was… …because…

12. One example that you could include to illustrate your points better is…



13. (Optional) If I could think of another persuasive reason to support your argument, it would be…
Proofread by your pal, ___________________________________


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