How to Revise an Essay–Introduction Checklist

As a former English Instructor for many years, I have developed some tried and true techniques for revising an essay that my students found very useful.  Here are a few questions to ask when revising an essay.  We will start with the introduction and thesis statement.


Thesis and Introduction

  1. Do you use a “hook” to get the reader’s attention?  Consider using a surprising fact or statistic, telling a brief story, providing background information, or presenting a controversial idea to hook your readers and get them to want to read your essay.
  2. Do the introductory sentences transition smoothly to the main point or thesis of your essay?
  3. Is the thesis statement the last sentence in the introductory paragraph?
  4. Does your thesis statement relate directly to the body of the essay? Make sure your thesis statement clearly reflects what you will discuss in the body of the essay.
  5. Is your thesis statement is too narrow?  Is your thesis statement too broad?  If your thesis statement is too narrow, considering expanding it so that you can fully address it in the body of the essay.  If your thesis statement is too broad, consider revising it to fit the scope of your essay.

Once your introduction checklist is complete, you can move on to the body of the essay checklist.


Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.


How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.



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