The final two units will focus on the Final ePortfolio — i.e. Researched Argument, Synthesis Essay, Rhetorical Text Analysis, Resume, and Cover Letter. Finally, you’ll be asked to reflect on the research and writing process from the semester.

Use this checklist as you make the final edits on your Researched Argument. You will also review this when completing the final peer review.


  • Does the introduction paragraph(s) include a summary of the issue and provide an objective overview of the debatable topic?
  • Does the summary explain the significance and importance of the topic?
  • Does it provide enough context for secondary audiences (who are likely less familiar with the conversation) to have a solid understanding of the issue?
  • Does the first sentence invite the reader in effectively?
  • Is there an underlined thesis statement that, in one to five sentences, mentions the author’s claim, references their call for action (which should at some other point be expounded upon in more detail), and accurately alludes to the main discussion points of the body paragraphs?
  • What does the introduction section do especially well? What revisions would most improve the introduction section?

Body Paragraphs

  • Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence (that is direct but also not repetitive in language with other topic sentences)?
  • Does each supporting reason include the integration of sources?
  • Are the sources set up effectively?
  • Are the sources discussed enough afterward (usually at least 1-2 times as much as the quote itself)?
  • Are the sources scholarly — peer reviewed research published in academic journals?
  • Does the author avoid “ranting” and fallacies?
  • What do these sections of the paper do especially well?
  • What revisions would most improve these sections of the paper?


  • Does the conclusion section (not necessarily just a single paragraph) restate the claim and main points in a fresh and different way than previously stated?
  • Does the conclusion illuminate further research or unanswered questions?
  • Thinking about the larger conversation and the bigger picture, does the conclusion explain the subsequent discussion(s) if, for example, the paper were to be tripled in size?
  • Does the conclusion wrap the discussion up neatly?
  • What does this section of the paper do especially well?
  • What revisions would most improve this section of the paper?

Complete these readings as you work through this Unit:

That’s it! Please let me know if you have any questions!