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Argument Revision Checklist

STEP ONE: Highlight your ROUGH DRAFT (1st draft in your document) as specified
below (select the text, then click text color and then click Highlight and select the
correct color).
INTRO: Highlight the claim in light blue.
FIRST BODY PARA: Highlight the first reason in pink.Highlight the evidence used to support the
reason in yellow. Highlight the explanation and analysis of the evidence in green.
SECOND BODY PARA: Highlight the second reason in pink. Highlight the evidence used to
support the reason in yellow. Highlight the explanation and analysis of the evidence in green.
THIRD BODY PARA: Highlight the counterclaim in orange. Highlight the rebuttal in red.
CONCLUSION: Highlight the restated claim in light blue.

STEP TWO: Go through the editing checklist, below. If you can answer the question
YES, check YES. If you cant answer YES, fix your document in the second,
REVISED draft (below the highlighted rough draft) and then check the item off.
Formatting and Editing
1. Does the document begin with an MLA header in the left corner? YES___
2. Does the document contain a unique title?
YES___
3. Is the document written in 12 point, Times New Roman font?
YES___
4. Is the document double-spaced?
YES___
5. Have all extra spaces after the header and title and between paragraphs been deleted so
that the only spaces are those created by the double-spacing?
YES___
6. Does each paragraph begin with a tab space?
YES___
7. Have you read through the material and fixed any punctuation, spelling, formatting or
grammar issues?
YES___
Introduction, 1st Paragraph:
8. Does the writing present a claim?
YES___
Circle the best description of the claim:
a. The writing presents a claim that is nuanced, debatable, and defensible.
b. The writing presents a claim that is debatable and defensible.
c. The writing presents a summary statement about source material, but
that statement is not debatable.
d. The writing presents a claim but it is confusing and unclear.
e. The writing does not present a claim.
9. Is the claim found at the end of the introduction? YES___
10. Does the introduction begin with a hook?
YES___
11. Do you provide context to help the reader understand the claim and why you are making
this argument? YES___
Body Paragraph 1, 2nd Paragraph
12. Does the first reason support the claim? YES___
13. Is the reason debatable or is it a statement of fact?
YES___
14. Is the reason narrow enough to be explained and proven within a paragraph or is it too
broad or general?
YES___
15. Did you use quotation marks around directly quoted evidence? (For instance, According
to New York Times reporter Katie Rogers, quote)
16. Does the evidence provided clearly relate to the reason and claim?
YES___

17. Do you introduce the author of the evidence by name?


YES___
18. Do you explain why they are a relevant source (by naming the publication, the authors
area of expertise, or their background)? (For instance, Steven Schlozman, as a Harvard
professor of psychology who studies human behavior for a living, explains, quote)
YES___
19. Do you analyze the evidence, commenting on what the evidence means and how it
supports the reason and the overall claim?
YES___
Body Paragraph 2, 3rd Paragraph
20. Does the second reason support the claim?
YES___
21. Is the reason debatable or is it a statement of fact?
YES___
22. Is the reason narrow enough to be explained and proven within a paragraph or is it too
broad or general?
YES___
23. Did you use quotation marks around directly quoted evidence? (For instance, According
to New York Times reporter Katie Rogers, quote)
24. Does the evidence provided clearly relate to the reason and claim?
YES___
25. Do you introduce the author of the evidence by name?
YES___
26. Do you explain why they are a relevant source (by naming the publication, the authors
area of expertise, or their background)? YES___
27. Do you analyze the evidence, commenting on what the evidence means and how it
supports the reason and the overall claim?
YES___
Body Paragraph 3, 4th Paragraph
28. Does the counterclaim clearly present an argument that has been or could be argued
against your claim?
YES___
29. Does the counterclaim provide evidence to show that this counterclaim has been
mentioned in the source material?
YES___
30. Do you competently provide a rebuttal to the counterclaim?
YES___
31. Do you clearly explain how and why the counterclaim is not relevant or untrue?
YES___
Conclusion, 5th Paragraph
32. Does the conclusion restate the claim in a new way?
YES___
33. Does the conclusion present your final thoughts on the subject?
YES___
34. Does the conclusion make a case for the broader or societal importance of your
argument--the stakes of not taking your claim seriously? YES___

STEP THREE: When you have finished your revisions, share your Google Doc with a partner
and have a partner read your work. They should mark any areas of the revision checklist that
they think you should look at again and revise further. They can click the pen icon in the upper
right corner and select suggesting to edit any grammar or mechanical issues directly in your
draft. They can also use the comment function to comment on any areas of concern.
HOMEWORK: Continue revising and editing your work. Print your document--must include
highlighted rough draft AND revised, best draft--to submit to your portfolio at the beginning of
class on Mon. If you wrote your rough draft by hand, just staple it to your best draft.

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