Responding to a Draft

     
  • What did you think when you first saw the title? Is it interesting? informative? appropriate? Will it attract other readers' attention?

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  • Does the beginning grab readers' attention? If so, how does it do so? Does it give enough information about the topic? offer necessary background information? How else might the piece begin?

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  • Is there a clear thesis? What is it?

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  • Is there sufficient support for the thesis? Is there anywhere you'd like to have more detail? Is the supporting material sufficiently documented?

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  • Does the text have a clear pattern of organization? Does each part relate to the thesis? Does each part follow from the one preceding it? Was the text easy to follow? How might the organization be improved?

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  • Is the ending satisfying? What did it leave you thinking? How else might it end?

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  • What is the writer's stance? Can you tell the writer's attitude toward the subject and audience? What words convey that attitude? Is it consistent throughout?

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  • How well does the text address the rest of its rhetorical situation? Does it meet the needs and expectations of its audience? Where might readers need more information, guidance, or clarification? Does it achieve its PURPOSE? Does every part of the text help achieve the purpose? Could anything be cut? Should anything be added? Does it meet the requirements of its genre? Should anything be added, deleted, or changed to meet those requirements?

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