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 - or, if you choose, get together physically. Using the worksheet questions as a guide, you should privately discuss the draft. Then, as a team, fill out a worksheet for the draft. The worksheet 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 the paper carefully and thoroughly. You will receive a participation grade based on the throughness of the review.

In order to successfully submit this assignment, your group should sent me one email with the subject line "NAME ORIGINALLY ON PAPER: Peer Review." Please attach your worksheet as NameOriginallyOnPaperPR.doc to this email.For example, if I were reviewing Paul McCartney's paper, I would have the subject line MCCARTNEY: Peer Review. The paper itself would be saved as McCartneyPR.doc. 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.).


Red Room:
Stephanie, Matt

Green Room:
Eric B., Steve

Blue Room:
Jen, Eric N.

Purple Room:
Will, Jeff

White Room:
Emily, Jason, Chris

Black Room:
Ethan, Rachel

Instructor's Office:
Allison, Kevin

Main Forum:
Ryan, David

The worksheet you will use to guide your evaluation is a downloadable document here.


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