Theology and Spirituality Course

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Final Checklist for the Theory Critique


Instructions:  Before you submit the Theory Critique, please complete the following checklist and email it to your professor with your first Theory Critique (not subsequent).  To check the boxes, simply place your cursor on the box and click.  If you click again, the box will be “unchecked.”  If you are unable to check the box, simply highlight it in yellow when you have completed the item, and then submit to your professor by email.


  I have turned on Microsoft Word’s “Proofing.”  See: “Proofing

  I have checked my document for squiggly green or squiggly red lines under my text and made appropriate corrections for grammar, punctuation, or spelling.

  I utilized the “Theory Critique Template” when constructing my review.

  My review is written in “Times New Roman,” 12-point font, and double-spaced.

  I have divided my review into three sections:  Summary; Evaluation of Strengths and Weaknesses; and, Personal Reflection and Application.

  My review is approximately four pages long, not including the Title Page and References Page.

  Any direct quotations are less than 1-2 sentences.

  Any direct quotations have been properly placed in quotation marks.

  Direct quotations have been properly cited, with author (s), year, and page number.

  I have read the document: “Meet the Paragraph.”

  I have outlined my review (using “bullets”) before writing it.

  I have organized my points into a logical argument before writing it.

 I have organized my main points into paragraphs.

  I have only one main topic in each paragraph.

  If I started a new topic, I started a new paragraph.

  I have transitioned from one paragraph to another.

  Each sentence within my paragraphs follows logically from the previous sentence in the paragraph.

  Each paragraph in my review follows logically from the previous paragraph.

  I have made logical transitions from one paragraph to the next, until I reached the end of my review.

  My Summary section ends with a brief summary statement that “ties everything together.”

  My paragraphs are composed of no more than 4-5 sentences.

  I have checked “Quotation Marks and Punctuation,” and made sure all periods and commas are placed before the ending quotation marks:  (.”)  or, (,”), except when ending parentheses are involved, for example: “It is finished” (p. 21).

  I have studied the rules on “Antecedent-Pronoun Agreement.”  

  I have reviewed the rules for using semicolons: Semicolons  Also:  Semicolons.  I understand that a semicolon connects two independent clauses.

  I have checked to make sure that I have placed two spaces—not one—after the ending punctuation marks in my sentences.

  I have printed out and reviewed the following document on providing citations: “Basic Citations and References Examples.”

  I have read the following article on plagiarism: “How to Avoid Plagiarism.”

  I have checked my in-text citations and made sure that they are accurate.

  I have checked my reference at the bottom of my review and made sure that it is accurate and properly formatted.

  My Reference section is on a separate page at the end of my critique.

  I have submitted my critique through the submission links in Blackboard.

  I have emailed a copy of this completed Checklist to my professor.

  I have included my name and the words “Theory Critique” in the “Subject” line of my email to the professor.