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Peer review


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Peer review

  1. 1. How to Peer Revise and Edit Created by Taylor Flavin for her 7th grade class
  2. 2. To Begin  First, read your partners writing for pleasure. Do not make any comments or marks on the paper. You should read the writing the first time all the way through without giving any feedback. This allows you to have time to critically analyze the structure and ideas of the writing.
  3. 3. Next…  Next you should get 6 different colored highlighters, markers, or colored pencils. You will make a key for your partner indicating which color represents each of the following components of revising and editing:  Word Choice  Ideas and Content  Organization  Sentence Fluency  Voice  Convention (Capitalization, usage, punctuation, spelling)
  4. 4. Word Choice  You will now skim the paper and revise for word choice. You can suggest substituting or omitting words that you see your partner using too frequently in the writing. If you suggest that they replace the word, maybe you can give them an example. This will enhance description in your partner’s writing. For example: If your partner uses the word jump repeatedly in their writing, you might suggest he/she uses words such as, vault, hurdle, hop, plummet, or pounce.
  5. 5. Ideas and Content  Next, you will review your partner’s writing and focus on the ideas and content of the paper. You can give feedback by asking your partner to provide more detail or be more specific during a certain part in their writing to enhance the ideas in the writing. You might also ask a question that will help them to clarify confusions you run across throughout their writing.  You might also ensure that your partner sticks to the topic of the writing described in the introduction. For example, if the writing is supposed to be about the person and they start talking about their sister. You could make a comment to remind them to stay on the topic.
  6. 6. Organization  Here, you should focus on ensuring that your partner has organized and structured his or her writing in a way that is clear and accessible to the reader.  For this assignment specifically, you were each asked to write a 5 paragraph essay. The first paragraph should introduce the topic, next you should have 3 main idea paragraphs, and the last paragraph should conclude the topic. You should make sure your partner sticks to this structure. You might suggest that your partner moves ideas, words, or sentences around to develop better organization.
  7. 7. Sentence Fluency  You can test your partners sentence fluency by reading the writing aloud. It is important that the writing flows, in order to make sense to the readers.  These are some things to look for when revising for fluency:  Smooth and expressive sentences  Variety in sentence beginnings  Variety in sentence length and structure  Easy to read  Easy to understand  Rhythm, rhyme, and other sound effects
  8. 8. Voice  You should feel the voice “come alive” from your partner’s writing when reading. Can you feel the writers feelings? Can you sense their perspective or view on their topic or writing?  The writing should be unique and express who the writer is. If the writing does not have any feeling or emotion in it, you might suggest this to your partner.
  9. 9. Conventions  This is where you focus on editing your partner’s writing for correct verb usage, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization. Without these components, sentence fluency, organization, ideas/content, and voice are not near as powerful.  Carefully review the writing and look for each of the 4 parts of conventions.
  10. 10. Positive and Constructive  After revising and editing for each of the components, you will provide a summary for your partner. You will give your partner at least 3-5 positive comments and 1-3 constructive comments to help your partner improve their writing.  You have successfully revised and edited your partner’s writing! Now, carefully consider and incorporate your partner’s feedback to improve your own writing! YOU DID IT!
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