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:
Two printed copies. We are going to write on these rough drafts. We do not want to hand your laptop computer around the room, and people are going to make marginal notes on your rough draft. 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.
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.
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 then again, I might not), but you will not get credit for participating in the peer editing session.
It's not a time for staring out the window, catching up on your Facebook friends, or buying things on eBay.
If you just quickly scan the essay and write "This is nice. I like it." you have't done any good for the author of the paper. (Ask yourself just how helpful "This is nice—I like it" would be to you if that's the advice you got on your paper.) If that's all that gets written, the whole day was wasted. Read with some attention. Answer the questions on the sheet with some care and thoughtfulness. Who knows? You might actually learn something from this process!
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Revised 7/28/21 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: email@example.com.