Paragraph Unity and Development
Read the Paragraph Unity and Development paper and identify the main idea in each paragraph, and answer the following questions:
1. Are any sentences that don’t relate to the main idea?
2. What words or phrases signal transitions or connections between ideas?
For each paragraph:
3. Do any paragraphs need to be broken up because it’s dealing with two or more main ideas?
4. Do any paragraphs need more connecting words or phrases to make links between ideas clearer?
5. Do any paragraphs need more material or information to develop and support the idea fully?
Incorporating Source Material
Read the paper looking carefully at all quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of source material. Then answer the following questions.
For all quotations:
1. Do they make sense?
2. Are they necessary?
3. What is the reason for quoting?
4. Do they belong here?
5. Do they flow smoothly? Are they correctly built into the grammar of the sentence?
6. Are the punctuation rules followed?
7. Are they documented correctly?
For all paraphrases and summaries:
8. Do they sound like the author’s own words? (In other words, is the paraphrase too close to the original; does it need to use less of the original language?)
9. Do they make sense?
10. Are they necessary?
11. Is the information provided complete?
12. Do you feel the need to see the author’s exact words?
13. Do they belong there?
14. Do they flow smoothly? Are they grammatically correct? (This may also indicate too much dependence on the language of the original.)
15. Are they documented correctly? Do you use MLA citations? Do you have a Works Cited page? MLA CITATION
16. What paragraphs could use a direct quote, paraphrase, or summary of a source to support its points better?