Please note that since your peers require timely feedback to improve their papers before the final due date, peer reviews will not be accepted late.
Post your Research Paper First Draft to the discussion board by Friday before 11:59pm
After double-checking the structure of your essay, your transitions, and fixing MLA formatting, post your first draft to the discussion board by pasting it into the dialogue box -- this will ensure that everyone is able to access it.
At the top of your draft, ask your readers to address a problem you feel you have struggled with in your draft. Briefly describe this problem.
Reminder: The Works Cited page is an integral part of your research paper and must be included in your post with the rest of your essay. Not including a Works Cited page will result in a zero for your initial post.
Step 2 - Select Two Different Essays to Review
Respond to two peers' essays by answering all the questions listed below. Be sure to respond to essays with no peer reviews or just one peer review. Do not write a peer review for essays that already have two peer reviews.
Step 3 - After everyone's hard work, now we get to read what you have discovered!
Use the following questions to help you give constructive comments to others on their research papers. Make sure to address at least these elements, but you should also expand your responses wherever possible. The more detailed the feedback, the more helpful it will be for your peers and the stronger your grade will be for your peer reviews.
Make sure to number your responses to correspond with the numbers indicated below. Do not copy and paste the questions. The question should be written into your response. In other words, a reader should be able to understand the question based solely on your response.
- Read the paper through one time to get a full sense of the impact it has on you. Then, read it again at a slower pace and answer all the questions below in complete sentences.
- In a few sentences, describe your overall impression.
Introduction -- Please provide specific feedback about the introduction's format, information, and style.
- Explain to the writer how the title draws you in. If it does not draw you in, suggest a different title. Perhaps point to something interesting that the writer brought up in the essay.
- Is there a hook to pull you in at the beginning of the introduction? If there is, why/how did it draw you in? If there isn't a hook, suggest something that would help to draw you in.
- Does the author introduce the main idea of the essay (the cultural artifact) in the introduction? What cultural artifact did the writer select?
- What background information about the cultural artifact did you find the most interesting? Does the writer provide a vivid description of the cultural artifact and its context, enabling you to see it in your imagination and the area where it resides? If not, what could be added for you to better see it in your imagination?
- Please provide specific feedback about the clarity of the thesis. In your own words, restate the writer's argument.
Body Paragraphs -- Please provide specific feedback about each body paragraph (quotes and analysis).
- Does each body paragraph begin with a transitional word or phrase to move you from paragraph to paragraph? Indicate which transitional word or phrase worked best. Indicate one transitional word or phrase that could be more fully developed.
- Is there a topic sentence at the beginning of every body paragraph?
- Does the writer support each of the topic sentences with at least two quoted passages?
- Which two quoted passages caught your attention the most? Why? Do all the quoted passages directly support the corresponding topic sentence?
- Are all sources documented with a parenthetical citation? Indicate to the writer any quoted material that doesn't acknowledge the original source or doesn't have a necessary parenthetical citation.
- Does the writer provide textual context before the quote to set the scene? If not, state so, and identify the paragraph(s) where the context is missing.
- Does the writer provide a clear explanation and thorough analysis of each quoted passage, relating it back to the main idea of the paragraph? If not, state so, and identify the paragraph(s) where explanation is missing.
- Do the body paragraphs conclude with the student's own words, reminding the reader of the main idea of the essay? If not, indicate to the writer any paragraphs that end in a quote and need the writer's comments.
- Does the essay have a counter-argument? Is there a turn-against (a point where the student offers an argument against the thesis) and a turn-back (a point where the student returns to the original argument stated in the thesis), as discussed in class and in the previous counter-argument pages?