- PEER RESPONSES: You need to respond to at least 3 classmates by Sunday, March 28. Respond in the text box to all of the below questions (or by uploading a PDF with your responses). You will not be completing a rubric for this peer reviews. No late feedback!
PEER REVIEW QUESTIONS
Use the questions below to provide feedback to at least 3 students:
INTRODUCTION SECTION QUESTIONS
- How does the introduction begin? (a quote, a story, shocking statistic, other) Does it work well? If not, make suggestions.
- How would you describe the style or mood of the introduction? Is it appropriate for an academic essay?
- Does the introduction gradually introduce the topic, then the problem, before getting to the thesis? If not, how could it be improved? (One exception is if a shocking statistic/quote is used as a hook)
- What problem is the writer going to write about in his/her essay? Is it focused on something that could be deeply covered in a research paper?
- Is it clear why this problem significant or important, according to the writer?
- How complete is the introduction – does it need to be longer or shorter (should be at least 1 page, but not over 2)?
- Is it obvious that the writer has a thorough plan for the essay, or does the introduction sound like a very rough overview with no clear focus?
PROBLEM SECTION QUESTIONS
- Is “the problem” clearly stated and described in this section?
- Is the problem narrowed enough so that it could be fully discussed in one essay? If it’s too big, give suggestions to focus it more.
- Does the writer provide support (sources/quotes/evidence) for the information given about the problem?
If so: Is the support adequately used, or does it go off-topic? Is support over-used so that there are more quotes than the writer’s words? Are quotes properly integrated with “quote sandwiches”?
If there is no support: suggest areas that need more evidence/support from other sources.
- How complete is this section of the research paper – does it need to be longer or shorter? (Should be about 3+ pages in the final essay)
Remember: essay 3 must be 8+ pages total, not counting the Works Cited.
- Do you feel that the paper gives you a thorough overview of the problem, the people/places/etc. affected, as well as details about the problem? In other words, does it prove that this problem is a problem?
- Again, be honest: Is it obvious that the writer has done research on the problem at this stage of the paper? Are you convinced this is a research essay, or is this just a “plan”? Give feedback on how complete this part of the paper is, and what else is still needed.
- Give feedback on any editing, style, or MLA errors in the essay, and include specific examples of at least a couple if you find any.