Peer Editing Procedure

This week we will be peer editing your next essay. This means we will be passing your rough draft around the classroom for others (your peers) to comment and edit. Here is what you need to know:

Yes, this exercise does count for points. You get the points if you:

  1. Bring two printed copies
  2. At least 90% of the assigned length
  3. Show up in person.

Discussion—the reasons why

Two printed copies. We are going to write on these rough drafts. We do not want to hand your laptop computer around the room. Tough it out! Actually hit the "Print" button!

90% of the assigned length. There's no point in trying to critique four lines which say "this is what I might write about when I get around to it." Besides, this exercise is a reward for getting your rough drafting done early—which will improve the quality of your essay.

Show up in person. You actually gain something from reading other students' work; besides, we need you here to read others' papers.

A couple more rules

This is not a time for you to be working on your own paper or to ask the teacher to pre-grade your essay. I assume you have other times to write, and I assume you will revise the paper after this peer-editing session.

It's not a time for staring out the window, catching up on your Facebook friends, or buying things on eBay either.

No credit for late submissions. If you email the teacher a rough draft for comment after the peer-editing date, I might comment on it if I have time, but you will not get credit for participating in the peer editing session.