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- The draft addresses a question or issue that readers will care about.
- The draft is written at the audience’s level, accounting for their level of knowledge and attitudes.
- The thesis is clear and placed at or near the beginning of the paper.
- All ideas within the draft relate to the main thesis.
- There are plenty of organizational cues (topic sentences, headings, etc.) to help guide the readers through the paper.
- Ideas are presented in an order that makes sense.
- Paragraphs are long enough to cover the topic, but short enough to keep it interesting.
- The evidence used is relevant and persuasive.
- All ideas are fully developed.
- Any unnecessary material has been deleted.
- The point of view is appropriate both for the draft’s purpose and the intended audience.