____My paragraphs are sound.
____Each of my paragraphs has one main idea.
____I have used correct grammar.
____I have used correct punctuation.
____Periods are at the end of my sentences.
____I have quotation marks around dialogue.
____My spelling is correct.
____My handwriting is legible.
____My sentences begin in different ways.
____My sentences build upon the ones before.
____My sentences are different lengths.
____The meaning of each of my sentences is clear.
____My sentences flow and use correct grammar.
____There are no run-ons.
____My sentences are complete.
____My report is sequenced in order.
____My introduction is exciting and inviting.
____My ideas flow and are well connected.
____I have a satisfying conclusion.
____I have capitalized the first word in each sentence.
____I have capitalized people and pet names.
____I have capitalized months and days.
____I have capitalized cities, states, and places.
____I have capitalized titles of books, movies, et cetera.
____Every word seems just right.
____I used a lot of describing words.
____My words paint pictures in the reader's mind.
____I used strong verbs like darted and exclaimed.
____I used synonyms to add variety.
____I used a graphic organizer to create and organize ideas.
____My ideas are written in my own words.
____My report is clear and focused.
____I understand my topic.
____My details give the reader important information.
____My ideas relate to one another.
____I have listened to suggestions from the teacher or peers.
Mishawna S. Manning * A Chicago Public Schools and University of Chicago Internet Project * Last updated on July 19, 2001
A Student Guide to the Writing Process