General Education Assignment 2 (#GEA2)
3.2 Legal Memorandum Peer Reviews
This assignment has two due dates
Pre-Writing Assignment due: April 23 by 11:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
Peer Review Assignment due: April 26 by 11:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
Submitting this Assignment:
- The pre-witing component of this assignment is loaded as a group discussion by entering your assignment into the reply bar that accompanies this assignment. By submitting in this way your assignment will be visible in the grade book; DO NOT start a new discussion board; you will receive no credit if your submission cannot be seen in the grade book. Your peer reviews will be a reply to group members who submit a pre-writing assignment to the group discussion by the pre-writing due date. (If a classmate notifies you they submitted late, do your best to help them out, we are all juggling many challenges now.) When you are finished with the review upload it as a reply by copying and pasting your review into the reply under the appropriate pre-writing submittal. (DO NOT upload your reviews as a document, as the grader cannot see them that way.)
- If you are assigned to a group where no one else submits by the pre-writing due date, contact the writing instructor the next day and you will reassign you to a different group.
- The peer-review part of the assignment closes at 11:59 PM. The phrase “due by 11:59 pm” means assignments must be submitted before 11:59 pm. Assignments not submitted before the assignments close at 11:59 pm will not be accepted. Give yourself enough time to upload the assignment before the deadline, even if you have problems. Late assignments will not be accepted.
- While you may help each other understand the problem, you may review each other's work to recommend editing that needs to be done, DO NOT provide or use wording recommended by another student, do not work on your writing together, do not copy the work of another student. If you think someone has copied your work, please notify the communication instructor, to avoid any issues with plagiarism on your final assignment.
Peer reviews (Links to an external site.) are a process you will engage in throughout your professional life. For your time to be well spent the feedback you provide must be constructive, specific, and actionable. When you are reviewing a document where there are elements that are very well done specifically telling the writer what is done well can be just as helpful as critical feedback but must be specific. For example, telling someone "your summary is well done" is not helpful, as they do not know what you liked about it. Rather, to provide actionable feedback say something with more specific detail, like:
Naming the three elements that will make up their analysis in the summary provides me with an expectation of how you will approach the analysis, making it easier for me to follow. However, you do not name these elements in your analysis using the same terms and have them in a different order. Perhaps make the elements in the summary match the order in which you will present them in the analysis and call them by the same name in the analysis so that it will match what the readers are expecting after reading the summary.
For this peer review provide feedback to your group members who submit pre-writing assignments to the discussion board. Us the questions on the Legal Memorandum Peer Review Form to help guide you on what is important for this assignment. (This is different than the peer review form you used for the first memorandum).