Peer Review Assignment (Essay 1)
Reviewers will print their completed assignment and bring it with them to their scheduled
conference. Authors will refer to this information as they revise for 1.2.
❖ This assignment will be composed in this Word document.
1) Read your peer’s Essay 1.1 without marking anything.
2) Read your peer’s essay again, this time making notes in the margins and between the
lines, addressing what you think most needs attention, including the essay’s strengths,
questions you have, etc., as you read the draft. These notations will help you transition
from the process of actively reading your peer’s paper to composing the Peer Review,
and help you be specific in your feedback.
3) Once you’ve read the essay and made notations, respond to the following prompts in
complete sentences; each prompt deserves at least 5 detailed, thoughtful responses of
Feel free to quote from your peer’s essay and give specific examples (cite page number)
of what is working and what needs work in their essay (quotes don’t count as feedback).
The quality, tone, detail, and thoughtfulness of your investment in your peer’s ideas
and writing is essential to completing this activity.
a. Write out what you understand to be the author’s Q@I. Does the author’s essay
respond to a clear, relevant Q@I for our Discourse Community? Does the essay
make it clear why this question is important and needs answering? Is the Q@I a
stasis question (debatable and has common ground)?
b. Consider and discuss the author’s enthymeme. Now that you have read the entire
essay, is the enthymeme making a logical argument? Does the enthymeme’s
reasoning earn your agreement with the assertion? In other words, could you agree
with the enthymeme’s assertion based on how well the author proved the reason?
Why/ why not?
c. Consider and discuss the key terms the author identifies in their argument. How
do they define and discuss the key terms to help the reader understand their
argument? Could some definitions be readdressed or expanded for clarity? Did you
expect definitions and engagement with different words in the enthymeme, or do
these words seem the most important? Why?
d. What’s one question your peer needs to answer in the next draft of the essay?
Explain why you think this question is important.
e. Consider and discuss the evidence from shared readings the author uses. What role
does each of the sources serve for their essay? How well do they explain and
analyze the quotations? What points of evidence work best to support their
argument? What additional evidence (news source, additional course text) do you
suggest to help prove their argument?
f. Consider and discuss how the author identifies and engages with differing points
of view. How do they present a counterargument? How well do they explain and
analyze the opposing viewpoint with examples or evidence? How well are they
engaging in a discussion with other viewpoints to build and prove their argument?
g. Offer a clear, detailed summary of what you feel are the essay’s strengths and
what the author should work on for revision, focusing specifically on at least 2
important aspects they identified individually and at least 1 important aspect you
identified as important to your group.
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