Persuasive Essay Peer Review Checklist

You need to prioritize what is most important in your students’ writing. If their thoughts aren’t organized, their reader won’t know what’s going on and won’t be convinced of anything.I think of writing a lot like building a house: you’ve got to have a solid foundation, good bones (frame), and then you can work on dry wall, carpet, furnishings, etc.

For time and practicality, it makes sense to issue some whole-class focus areas for revising.

Sometimes I’ll choose just one thing for students to apply to the entire essay; other times we focus on a different skill in each paragraph.

High school students are capable of offering valuable insight and feedback for peer work.

This lesson explains the benefits of using peer editing in high school and provides an editing checklist you can use in your classroom.

This is because teachers recognize the value of allowing peers to lend a hand.

For starters, peer editing strengthens skills in both students; by looking for criteria in another person's work students are applying skills in a high-level fashion.

Peer editing also provides students with another reader's thoughts and feedback, giving a perspective other than a teacher's.

Finally, peer editing strengthens social interactions and gives students a chance to practice skills they'll need in their professional lives, like communicating and handling constructive criticism.

High school students' peer editing checklists, used to identify specific criteria you want them to look for, should therefore reflect this high-level skill.

High school peer editing sessions look a bit different than what we typically see in middle school.


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