Preparing Your Final Draft

In preparing your final draft, you will edit, revise, and rewrite.

First, look at your essay organization.

  • Your Introduction should have a hook, connecting information, and a strong thesis statement.
  • Your body paragraphs should have topic sentences, and solid, well developed 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.

Next, check your content by making sure your main ideas are clear and well supported with strong arguments.

  • Your topic sentences should be relevant and easy to understand.
  • Your arguments should be strong and referenced.
  • All paragraphs should be well developed.

Then look for:

  • Incorrect sentence structures (Check for correct 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 and revising, 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)