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Example of Peer Review

Let’s look at an example of a peer review sheet. The first and last questions are fairly generic; questions 2, 3, and 4 would be tailored to your assignment:


  • Make groups of two, three or four students; focus tends to dissipate with more students than that. You could have all students swap, read and respond to one another’s drafts or have each student read for a different feature of the writing—say, good use of evidence or good topic sentences that hold the essay together. You can save time organizing your students into groups in class by doing it through email or the course website (check with the computing resource for your department or division).
  • While your class is engaged in discussing each other’s work, circulate among the groups, fielding questions and reading samples of the writing.
  • When planning your class, remember to account for the time it takes for students to swap, read and make written and/or verbal comments on their peers’ work. Ask students to come to class with copies of their work to distribute to the readers in their group.
  • Because you want students to be responsible for responding thoughtfully to their peer’s work, make it count. Ask students to attach the peer review drafts and evaluation sheet to their final essay. Read over how other students’ responded to each student’s work. In your comments, refer when possible to those peer comments—they’re very often on target. Peer review work can also count in the participation portion of their grade.


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