____ The essay is unfocused. It is not clear what point the writer is trying to make about this concept that is being defined.
____ The writer apparently has not mastered the concept and relies too much on sources and jargon, lacks authority.
____ The explanation seems inappropriate for the audience--telling them too much or too little.
____ The essay is hard to follow.
____ The writer neglects to forecast the plan and provide transitions.
____ The information needs to be rearranged to make more sense.
Definitions and Other Writing Strategies
____ Definitions of terms likely to be unfamiliar to readers are inadequate.
____ The writer has not made use of clearly relevant strategies of presenting information using comparison and contrast, classification, cause and effect, and examples.
____ Examples don't seem to have a clear purpose or point.
____ The writer concentrates on recent developments, when readers need background information or historical information.
____ Instead of reporting on a concept, the writer takes a position on an issue related to the concept.
____ The citations and sources reveal a superficial or incomplete search for information.
____ Certain sources are inappropriate, dated, or peripheral.
____ The essay relies too much or too little on quoted material.
____ Quoted material is not integrated smoothly into the writer's text.
____ Sources cited are not in the reference list.
____ Citations and references do not consistently follow an accepted documentation style.