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Written Peer Response

To learn how to read more actively and to help others' improve upon their writing, you'll respond to first drafts of 3 or 4 of your peers' papers.  Construct a concise constructive critique of each of your peer's papers in response to these questions and issues.

  1. Respond to the writer's three questions.
  2. Is the introduction successful?  Does it grab you?  Does it provide a blueprint of the essay's argument and structure?  Does it have a clearly identifiable thesis?
  3. Summarize the author's controlling purpose/main idea/theme/thesis/argument/analysis as you the reader understand it.  By the end of the essay, do you understand her point? Do you agree or disagree with her analysis?  Why or why not?
  4. How do the specific examples and ideas presented in the essay support and develop it's purpose? Do they in fact convey it's purpose to you the reader?
  5. How does the essay's organization affect the essay's purpose (does it, for example, help or hinder)?  Does the essay need to be reorganized in order to make it more effective?
  6. Does the conclusion rehash the thesis, restate the main points, and generally put the essay in perspective?
  7. Discuss what recurring issues of style, grammar, and syntax, if any, affect your reading, either positively or negatively, of the essay.
  8. What issues has the essay provoked you to consider or reconsider?  What do you wish to say to the author about the presentation of her ideas?
  9. Offer other suggestions for revision.