Essay 1 Peer Review
1. Does the introduction engage your interest in the issue and help you understand the issue being
debated? If not, make suggestions for improvement.
Is there enough background information on the topic? If not, state what you feel you as a reader
need to know in order to understand the topic.
3. Rate the strength of this paper's thesis.
4. Does the thesis preview the organizational plan of the paper?
5. Does the essay follow this organizational plan?
6. Does each paragraph of this paper logically progress from the former ones? Why or why not?
7. Do all the topic sentences relate to the thesis statement?
8. Does this paper sustain a coherent point of view? Why or why not?
9. Rate this paper's overall readabilty
10. Can the conclusion of this paper be convincingly drawn from the thesis and the argument made in
the body of the paper? Why or why not?
11. Is there a counterargument paragraph that both presents and refutes opposing positions and has
effective "counterargument language? make suggestions for improvement.
12. Is each paragraph unified? In other words, are there too many points in any paragraph?
13. Does the logic of this paper's argument ever fall flat? Where? What might be done to correct this?
14. Do you feel this paper relies on evidence, or on opinion or intuition? If the latter, cite examples of
where this paper relies on opinion and intuition and give suggestions as to how the writer can
write more objectively.
15. How smoothly does this paper integrate examples into its own argument? Does it clearly illustrate
connections between the evidence it cites and the ideas they support, or does it merely assume
16. How clearly does the author express his or her ideas?
17. Could the writer of this paper have omitted certain passages to make this paper more concise? If
yes, which ones?
18. At which point did you feel most interested by this piece? When least? Explain.
19. How effective was the writer's use of language?
20. Scan and spot the paper for the any of the following problems: colloquialisms, informality, clichés,
and wordiness. Give a few examples of these problems, if they exist.
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