Making Effective and Helpful Comments on the Wiki Because we’re all about helping each other out!
The Compliment SandwichAlways try and include onepositive in your comment.*For example, “I really like theway you gave specificpassages from the book tosupport your claim, but I’d liketo hear more explanation!”
Be specific Point your partner to exactly the spot that needs fixing. *Instead of “Reword this, it’s confusing” TRY: “Your first paragraph would be more clear if it was in a different order. You should talk about the book’s awards before its important themes.”
Detail isn’t only needed with the negative!It’s helpful to know which parts ofyour paragraphs are awesome,not just which parts need fixing.*Instead of “GREAT JOB!” try “Ilove the way you described howmiddle schoolers could beaffected by graphic language.Great argument!
Examples Bad comment: It flows. Good comment: I like your use of transitions-they really helped me be able to follow along in your paragraph! Bad comment: Good. Good comment: Great job! I especially loved the quotes you chose from the text. They really showed how graphic the scenes in your book were. You may want to look back over your paragraph for spelling errors, though.
Reminders The reason we comment on each other’s work is to provide a new set of eyes with a new perspective, give helpful critiques and praise, and to have an opportunity to share and see more writing outside our own. Don’t short change your partner by not putting effort into your responses, and if you think your partner could be doing more to help you, let them know what you would like more feedback on!