Peer Review of Rough Drafts
This assignment will help you:
- Provide a positive model of an evaluation for your peers
- Compare your own work with the work of your classmates
- Learn to identify writing that does and does not meet the goals of the assignment
Go into your assigned room in the MOO. Using the worksheet questions as a guide, you should privately discuss each draft. Then, as a team, fill out a worksheet for each draft. These worksheets will be returned by the instructor anonymously to the writers of the drafts. Because we will devote quite a bit of class time to this task, I expect you to consider each paper carefully and thoroughly.
In order to successfully submit this assignment, your group should sent me one email with the subject line "Peer Review." Please attach your worksheets (worksheetforpaper#.doc) to this email. I will return your worksheets to the writers so as to maintain a level of anonymity.
In order to get a good grade: (standards adapted from Samantha Blackmon)
- Respond thoroughly.
Don't answer "yes" or "no." Provide ample feedback.
- Evaluate the paper, not the writer.
Direct your comments to the paper; instead of saying "you don't make sense," say "this passage is unclear. Maybe you should consider...."
- Give positive feedback, too.
Instead of focusing on only what aspects of the paper the writer should improve, you should also point out successful sections.
- Ask thought-provoking questions instead of making harsh judgments.
Questions about content are usually more specific than comments like "this part isn't clear." Questioning the paper's content allows the writer to see which areas need clarified. Also, In addition, your questions will let the writer know that you are closely and actively reading his/her writing.
- Be nice.
Avoid using judging words (like good, bad, boring) and instead choose verbs that help the writer modify specific elements of the paper (clarify, develop, add, cut, move, etc.).
Rachel, Emily, Matt
Stephanie, Lynn, Eric N.
Jen, Will, Steve
Ethan, Eric B., David
Jeff, Kevin, Ryan
Chris, Allison, Jason
The worksheet you will use to guide your evaluation is a downloadable document here.
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