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Peer Review Worksheet Argumentative Essay Definition

Questions for Peer Review

Katherine Milligan

1. (Argument) Summarize the main idea of the draft briefly in your own words.

2. (Argument, Organization) Does the opening establish a clear starting point for the paper (a thesis, or at least a focussed topic)? Would some other part of the draft make a better introduction?

3. (Argument) Does the paper conclude with a whimper or a shout? Is the conclusion merely repetitive, or does it synthesize ideas, suggest new directions of thought, re-evaluate the introductory statements?

4. (Argument) Has any significant aspect of the question been neglected?

5. (Argument) Is there any point where the paper tends to fall from the level of analysis to the level of observation?

6. (Organization) How does the draft hold together? Which paragraphs don't connect well with preceding or subsequent ones?

7. (Organization, Evidence) Are there paragraphs that seem less coherent or less convincing than others? If so, choose one and explain how it might be clarified and/or better supported.

8. (Evidence) Select the best phrases, paragraphs, and/or ideas in the paper. Can they be exploited more thoroughly? How?

9. (Mechanics) Note problems with sentence structure, grammar, word choice, and other mechanical issues.

10. Respond to any questions the writer poses about her/his own draft.

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Author of the draft _________________________ Reader ­­­­­­­_________________________


Author: write here what you would most like the reader to think about as he or she reads your draft:


Reader: respond honestly and tactfully to the following questions. What comments do you have that will help the writer compose a better next draft? Read through the draft once and answer below.


What do you like most about the draft? What has the writer done well?



Underline on the paper what you think the thesis is. Is it clear from the thesis what the author intends to argue? Is the thesis too simple or too complex? Suggestions:




What is the best or most interesting point the author has made? Why? Suggestions:




What is the weakest or least successful point? Why? Suggestions:



Does each paragraph have a clear focus? Does the initial sentences launch each paragraph in some way? Is there sufficient analysis and evidence in each paragraph? Mark on the paper suggestions for paragraph revision.



Does the writer use sufficient evidence for all claims? Does the writer show the relationship between the evidence and the argument? Suggestions:



How well has the author responded to the assignment? Suggestions:



What do you think are the most important concerns that the writer needs to address?



What other suggestions do you have for revision? Be sure to address the author's concern(s) noted at the top of this form.



Mark on the paper any obvious errors you see in the draft: diction, punctuation,

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