Post-it Peer Review
Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge
Inexperienced writers often have difficulty providing substantive feedback on peer work, especially early in the semester before we’ve done enough analysis and discussion of writing to equip them with language to discuss the relative success of different texts. I use this peer review activity early in the semester as a way to encourage students to think about learning from successes and to get students quality revision direction in just a few words.
First Draft PR
Shared by Nicole Hancock
I save this type of peer review activity for after I have already established peer review as a worthwhile activity. I usually do it in the middle of the semester to mix things up a bit. I have a timer with me or project an online timer so students do this activity in increments. Figure out what amounts of time work best for your students and the time you have in class. While students are working on this assignment at their desks, I sit at the table in the middle of the room, blitzing through all of their first drafts while they work. That is why they need to have a second copy on the desk. Our classes are arranged with desks in a U around the room; you may have to revise the instructions to fit your classroom design.
Occasionally, I have a student (or two or three) who attends class on a peer review day without a paper. In that case, I substitute one of the extra copies for that student, so he or she can still participate in the activity. Just make sure the substitute paper is not from one of the students to the immediate left and right or that student will end up peer reviewing his or her own paper. Students get exposed to 2-4 papers that have been written by their peers, so they gain ideas from the papers they have read as well as receiving specific feedback from their peers and me.
Descriptive Writing Chart
Four Visitors Assignment Sheet
Four Visitors Peer Review Sheet
Going Somewhere Sample
Questions for Going Somewhere
Shared by Jessica Weleski
I use this Four Visitors assignment at the beginning of the semester to help my students learn narrative structure and to allow them to have some fun with writing. As we lead up to the writing of the story, we talk about narrative structure and pacing, descriptive writing, and punctuation of dialogue (in preparation for punctuating research quotes). Since the story isn’t about the students’ own lives, I find that sometimes the peer review is a little less threatening. Each of the students in a peer review group can help envision ideas to make the characters of the story even more zany when they appear in the final draft.
Peer Response — Discovering Models
Shared by Collie Fulford
In this activity, students identify successful peer drafts that are discussed during class and, with permission, made available as references on a course management site.