Revising and Editing Your Final Draft
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Revising and Editing Your Final Draft

In preparing your final draft for your essay, you will edit, revise, and rewrite.

The first thing you want to do is to look at the organization.

  • Your introduction should have a hook, connecting information, and a thesis statement
  • Your body paragraphs should have topic sentences, and solid supporting details
  • Your conclusion should restate the thesis statement, summarize, and include a closing remark.
  • Check for unity and coherence.  Delete any sentences that are off topic and make sure your transitions are properly used for easy reading.

Then edit for:

  • Incorrect sentence structures (Check compound and complex sentences)
  • Missing verbs (Subject verb agreement)
  • Comma splices
  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Misspelled words
  • Incorrect words

Check quotations for proper in-text citation. Use one of the two examples below. Each quote should be no more than one sentence.

  • Example One: According to, “Plants release water into the atmosphere through a process called transpiration.”
  • Example Two: “Plants release water into the atmosphere through a process called transpiration” (

After you have finished editing, revising, and rewriting, you will then write your final draft on the computer using WORD.

  • To set up your document, go to and follow the directions.
  • Your essay should use:
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Line Spacing: Double-spaced
  • Indent First Lines: The first sentence of the paragraph is indented five spaces from the left margin.
    • This shows the reader where a new paragraph begins.
  • Margins: 1 inch on all size
  • Paper Size: 8 1/2 x 11 (Do not use A4 paper size)

Richard Carrigan, MSE

Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years and a filmmaker for the past ten years. He has experience teaching English as a Second Language in Asia and teaching university students in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University and his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.