In your response posts, offer
some constructive criticism to your classmates. Read through this webpage containing advice for putting together and
receiving meaningful feedback.
Use the questions below to
make sure that you cover the multiple facets of a good peer review. You may
include further information as well, but use these questions as a guide. Be sure
to point out specific instances and examples of what is done well and
what needs improvement.
- Does your peer provide
adequate background and context for the subject that he or she is evaluating?
Does he or she provide a summary or description of the
- Is your peer’s thesis
statement – and position on his or her argument – made clear early on in the
essay? What is the thesis statement? Does it indicate the topic of the essay, as
well as his or her attitude toward the topic? How could it be
- Are your peer’s body
paragraphs unified, coherent and developed? Do they have strong topic sentences
and smooth transitions between paragraphs, and do they provide enough support
from the sources he or she has chosen to use? How could your peer improve his or
her body paragraphs?
- Is your peer missing any
evidence that you can think of? Does your peer address an opposing perspective
on the subject, in order to strengthen his or her own position? Could the author
compare his subject to another, similar subject? (For example, if the author is
writing about an iPhone, should he or she compare it to an Android?) Do you
think this would be useful for the author to consider?
- Does your peer effectively
round out the essay, bringing it to a clear close? If not, how could your peer
improve his or her conclusion?