LESSON SIX: Peer Editing / Revision
Students work in pairs to analyze each other’s essays for content and organization, with special attention to evidence, format, and appropriateness to audience and purpose. They respond to peer readers’ comments and revise their drafts. Peer editing for mechanics can then be completed if time permits.
W3C Write multi-paragraph expository (exposition/expository writing) and persuasive (persuasive writing/argument) essays with
§ an effective thesis statement
§ effective paragraphing
§ convincing elaboration through specific and relevant details
§ originality and individual perspective
§ individual style and voice
§ Sources of Literature
Continue use of passages from earlier lessons as needed
o Chalkboard, white board, or other area for suggested writing topics and timeline should remain visible for the duration of the writing process
o Provide an overhead, a chalk board, or a white board on which revision/editing questions can be seen.
§ Words to know
o persuasive writing/argument
o exposition/expository writing
Evidence of peer editing/revision may be used as student assessment
1. Students peer edit their first drafts. On an overhead, chalkboard, or white board, provide questions to guide the peer evaluation.
Can you easily identify the assertion?
Can you find evidence of transitions within the written text?
Is the evidence clearly stated?
Are the opposing positions clear and logical?
Are the counter arguments clear and logical?
Are you persuaded by the text?
Does the text match the format dictated by the prompt?
Is the text appropriate for the intended audience?
Does word choice facilitate the presentation of the assertion?
2. Ask students to revise their essays using peer comments.
How will you use your peers’ comments to improve your text?
Does your writing reflect your ‘voice’?
3. After these revisions have been
implemented, ask students to edit essays for spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, and other grammatical conventions.
Guide students by asking about good mechanical usage.
Have you checked to see if all words are spelled correctly?
Do subjects and verbs agree?
Do pronouns and antecedents agree?
Are commas and other punctuation correctly used?
Are there run-on sentences?
4. Remind students that final drafts are due in Lesson Seven.