Below is the figure that falls under the “Grammar” comment. For more information about the comment, click on the “G,” “Supporting Evidence,” or “Quotes” categories. Feel free to print the checklist to use for your papers.
Figure 41: FAVORS Quick Self-Proofreading Checklist
I. Have I typed on my paper. . .
_____ my name?
_____ my professor’s name?
_____ my course name and number?
_____ the date in reverse? (for MLA citation styles only)
_____ Do I have a title?
_____ Does my title actually relate to the subject of my paper?
II. What kind of paper am I writing? Thesis-based? Argument?
_____ Have I defined my goals for this paper? Do I present a clear thesis? Or, do I develop an argument?
_____ If my readers read my paper from beginning to end, then will they know “exactly” the purpose of my writing this paper?
_____ Do I contradict my thesis in any way? (If so, my argument may be weak.)
III. Have I analyzed my paper? Or have I summarized?
_____ Do I logically break down my analysis into parts and analyze each part?
_____ Do I only include plot summaries and present an “overall” view of the text?
_____ Have I answered my professor’s question? Do I deviate in any way from the question prompt?
IV. Have I proofread my paper? Have I followed the rules of grammar?
_____ Are all verb tenses one tense within each sentence? Am I consistent throughout my paper?
_____ Do subjects and verbs agree?
_____ Are pronouns referenced appropriately? Do they refer to the right person
_____ Are conditional verbs necessary to my analysis? (Can = certainty; Could = possibility)
_____ Where do I misuse and/or overuse commas?
_____ Have I followed the rules of articles? Do I present articles? Are they
_____ Have I used the proper preposition in each sentence?
_____ Have I checked for spelling errors? Have I corrected these spelling errors?
_____ Have I followed MLA or APA procedure? Have I cited all my sources, in-text and
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