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)