Lesson for Peer Review of an Essay
- Number the paragraphs of your essay.
- Underline your thesis and topic sentences. (Conclusion does not have a topic sentence.)
- Circle all the first and second person pronouns (except those in quotes). You must revise these sentences to use ONLY third person. (I, me, we, us, our, you, your)
- Read the essay once without writing anything.
- Read essay a second time looking for ways to provide advice.
- Write a letter that contains one paragraph for each paragraph in your partner’s essay. Include comments about the following:
- Is the thesis clear?
- Does the introduction include sufficient background material?
- Does the topic sentence contain a clear claim that supports the thesis?
- Is the evidence relevant to the topic sentence?
- Does the writer sufficiently introduce the author?
- Would the paragraph benefit from more argumentation or evidence to be convincing?
- Are there any fragments or run-ons?
- Are there any punctuation errors such as misuse of semi-colons? Tell the writer specifics.
- Can the writer add another paragraph to support the thesis?
- Does the writer avoid summary in the conclusion?
- Does the conclusion give an answer to “so what?”