In preparing your final draft for your essay, you will edit, revise, and rewrite.
The first thing you want to do is to look at the organization.
- Your introduction should have a hook, connecting information, and a thesis statement
- Your body paragraphs should have topic sentences, and solid supporting details
- Your conclusion should restate the thesis statement, summarize, and include a closing remark.
- Check for unity and coherence. Delete any sentences that are off topic and make sure your transitions are properly used for easy reading.
Then edit for:
- Incorrect sentence structures (Check compound and complex sentences)
- Missing verbs (Subject verb agreement)
- Comma splices
- Punctuation and Capitalization
- Misspelled words
- Incorrect words
Check quotations for proper in-text citation. Use one of the two examples below. Each quote should be no more than one sentence.
- Example One: According to nationalgeographic.com, “Plants release water into the atmosphere through a process called transpiration.”
- Example Two: “Plants release water into the atmosphere through a process called transpiration” (nationalgeographic.com).
After you have finished editing, revising, and rewriting, you will then write your final draft on the computer using WORD.
- To set up your document, go to http://youtu.be/AawZXo60x3Y and follow the directions.
- Your essay should use:
- Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
- Line Spacing: Double-spaced
- Indent First Lines: The first sentence of the paragraph is indented five spaces from the left margin.
- This shows the reader where a new paragraph begins.
- Margins: 1 inch on all size
- Paper Size: 8 1/2 x 11 (Do not use A4 paper size)