Review essay

ENG-105 Peer Review Worksheet: Commentary

Part of your responsibility as a student in this course is to provide quality feedback to your peers that will help them to improve their writing skills. This worksheet will assist you in providing that feedback. To highlight the text and type over the information in the boxes on this worksheet, double-click on the first word.

Name of the draft’s author: Type Author Name Here

Name of the peer reviewer: Type Reviewer Name Here

Reviewer

After reading through the draft one time, write a summary (3-5 sentences) of the paper that includes your assessment of how well the essay meets the assignment requirements as specified in the syllabus and the rubric.

Type 3-5 Sentence Summary Here

After a second, closer reading of the draft, answer each of the following questions. Positive answers will give you specific elements of the draft to praise; negative answers will indicate areas in need of improvement and revision. Please be sure to indicate at least three positive aspects of the draft and at least three areas for improvement in reply to the questions at the bottom of this worksheet.

Commentary Content and Ideas

· How effectively does the thesis statement identify the main points that the writer would like to make in this commentary?

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· How descriptive is the writer’s choice of a label to name the issue in question?

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· How effectively does the writer frame an issue at the beginning of the essay?

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· How effective is the writer’s analysis of the issue in terms of causes and consequences?

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· How persuasively is evidence used to support assertions and enrich the essay?

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How effectively does the essay’s content support the thesis by using strategies appropriate for commentaries, as outlined in chapter 10 of Writing with Purpose?

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Organization

· How effectively does the introduction engage the reader while providing an overview of the paper?

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· Please identify the writer’s thesis and quote it in the box below.

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· How effectively do the paragraphs develop the topic sentence and advance the essay’s ideas?

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· How effectively does the conclusion provide a strong, satisfying ending, not a mere summary of the essay?

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Format

· How closely does the paper follow APA formatting style? Is it double-spaced in 12 pt. Times New Roman font? Does it have 1″ margins? Does it use headers (page numbers using appropriate header function)? Does it have a proper heading (with student’s name, date, course, and instructor’s name)?

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· Are all information, quotations, and borrowed ideas cited in parenthetical APA format?

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· Are all sources listed on the references page in APA format?

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· Is the required minimum number of sources listed?

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Language Use and Style

· Are the voice and tone of the essay effective in characterizing ideas and creating the appropriate mood? If “No,” please provide examples of ineffective or inappropriate voice and tone.

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· How effectively does the paper incorporate a variety of sentence structures that strengthen the ideas, create vitality, and avoid choppiness in the writing?

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· How would you assess the writer’s diction (i.e., word choice)? Does the writer use active verbs, concrete nouns, and precise words?

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Grammar and Mechanics

· Does the writer use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling? If “No,” please provide examples of errors in need of correction.

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· Is the writing clear and comprehensible throughout the draft? If “No,” please provide examples in need of improvement.

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Three things that I liked about your draft are:

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2. Type Second Thing You Liked

3. Type Third Thing You Liked

Three things that could be improved are:

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2. Type 2nd Area for Improvement

3. Type 3rd Area for Improvement

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