Constructive Comments

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Constructive Comments

  1. 1. Constructive comments <br />to use when evaluating each other’s work<br />
  2. 2. You did not write on the assigned topic.<br />You must write on the assigned topic to get credit for composing and style/audience<br />awareness.<br />
  3. 3. Your central idea was not clear.<br />Your central idea (what your composition is about) is not very clear. Make sure that you state exactly what your composition is about. This will help anyone who reads your composition to understand what you say.<br />
  4. 4. Your details were vague or minimal.<br />You need to give details that explain what you mean in your composition. When you elaborate, a person reading your paper will understand what you mean. Try explaining what something looked like, smelled like, felt like, or sounded like. This makes your writing more specific (instead of vague) and interesting.<br />
  5. 5. Your ideas were repeated or showed gaps.<br />Work on the organization of your composition. You need a beginning (where you tell what you are going to write about), a middle (where you give details to explain what you mean), and an end (where you give a sense of finishing up what you were writing about).<br />
  6. 6. Your ideas were repeated or showed gaps.<br />You need to present facts or events in an order that makes sense. The details you use should support your main idea. This will make your writing seem whole or unified. If your details skip around or you leave out important information, it will be hard for a person reading your composition to follow what you are trying to say.<br />
  7. 7. You wrote without an audience in mind.<br />When you write, remember who will be reading your composition. Use words that your audience will relate to and understand.<br />
  8. 8. Your vocabulary was weak and did not express your meaning well.<br />Try to use words that make your composition more interesting. Using specific words and action verbs helps a person reading your paper picture your ideas. Try to use examples and details in your composition that make it easy for someone reading your paper to know how you think and feel about the ideas you have presented. Make sure these examples and details relate to the writing topic.<br />
  9. 9. Your sentences were mostly simple.<br />Try to use sentences that help make your composition “sound” better. If you write the same kind of sentence over and over, your composition can be boring to read.<br />Try starting your sentences with different words and using both long and short sentences. <br />
  10. 10. Your voice (or personality) is not strong enough to make your writing interesting.<br />Try to let your personality show through in your writing and to include specific details that show your reader your own unique way of looking at the world. You can do this through different ways, such as by using dialogue, exaggeration for humor, or similes and metaphors.<br />
  11. 11. Your composition contained run-ons and/or sentence fragments.<br />Be careful to use complete sentences when you write. Make sure that every<br />sentence has a subject and verb.<br />
  12. 12. Your composition contained a pattern of errors in s-v agreement, verb tenses, word meaning, and/or word endings.<br />Make sure that you have checked for correct subject-verb agreement in your writing (for example, you should say “We are happy” instead of “We is happy”). Also, you should check to make sure that you use correct verbs (for example, “We came back yesterday” instead of “We come back yesterday”) and adjectives and adverbs (for example, “I talked quietly” instead of “I talked quiet”).<br />
  13. 13. Your composition contained errors in spelling, punctuation and/or capitalization.<br />Make sure that you use correct capitalization and punctuation in your composition.<br />Be sure to read your final draft and correct any careless mistakes. The next time you<br />write, be sure to go back and check your spelling. <br />

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