1. Open your peer's paper(in the file blew) in Microsoft Word, and at the top, click on the "Review" tab. There
you will see an "Insert Comment" button. Read your peer's paper and use the "Insert
comment" button to add comments in the margin. If you are using Word 2010 or higher, you
will need to make sure you have the "All Markup" link clicked, which is also in the "Review"
2. Comment on anything you feel needs work, but also give them positive feedback as well. If
you need a guide for how much commenting to do, shoot for at least one comment per
paragraph. The best comments are actually in the form of questions that occur to you as you
read. For example, if you read a paragraph and really would like more detail, instead of
commenting “Add more detail here,” a more helpful comment would be “Can you provide
more details here? Where was he from? What does he look like?” etc.
3. When you have finished commenting in the margins, copy the Workshop Review Questions
below and paste them at the very end of your peer’s paper. Then answer the questions
thoroughly. Please think of the writer as your audience. That would mean speaking to them
directly, using “you” (i.e. “you have wonderful metaphors here).
Workshop Review Questions
1. How well does the author do at addressing all the questions on the Portfolio Cover Letter
2. How well does the author show evidence of good critical thinking about their own
3. How well does the author achieve the purpose of their letter? If you were the instructor,
how would you feel about this letter?
4. How well does the author organize their ideas? What ideas do you have for them that
might make this read more smoothly?
5. How well does the author support their ideas? What do they use for evidence? Quotes
from the readings?
6. How well does the author do with their grammar, style, and MLA formatting (and citing if