Usage Is the language you use appropriate? Standard formal English No slang No clichés No abbreviations No contractions
Tone Is your tone appropriate? Determine who your audience is and be sure your tone is proper for that audience.
Diction Did you check your word choices? Your words should be Specific Original
UNITY Are the thesis and every topic sentence clear and well stated? Do they indicate both subject and focus?
Support Are all the points of support clearly related to the topic sentence of each paragraph and to the thesis of the essay? Are there enough details to support each topic sentence and thesis? Are the support points in the best possible order?
Other considerations Title – is it interesting and original? Introduction – does it catch the readers attention and include your thesis statement? Conclusion – Does it sum up the essay, offer new insights, and effectively ‘close the door’?