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Author of the draft _________________________ Reader _________________________
Author: write here what you would most like the reader to think about as he or she reads your draft:
Reader: respond honestly and tactfully to the following questions. What comments do you have that will help the writer compose a better next draft? Read through the draft once and answer below.
What do you like most about the draft? What has the writer done well?
Underline on the paper what you think the thesis is. Is it clear from the thesis what the author intends to argue? Is the thesis too simple or too complex? Suggestions:
What is the best or most interesting point the author has made? Why? Suggestions:
What is the weakest or least successful point? Why? Suggestions:
Does each paragraph have a clear focus? Does the initial sentences launch each paragraph in some way? Is there sufficient analysis and evidence in each paragraph? Mark on the paper suggestions for paragraph revision.
Does the writer use sufficient evidence for all claims? Does the writer show the relationship between the evidence and the argument? Suggestions:
How well has the author responded to the assignment? Suggestions:
What do you think are the most important concerns that the writer needs to address?
What other suggestions do you have for revision? Be sure to address the author's concern(s) noted at the top of this form.
Mark on the paper any obvious errors you see in the draft: diction, punctuation,
Peer-Review Checklist for Draft of Argument Essay
Read the essay through, quickly. Then read it again, with the following questions in mind. Please write extensive comments either on your workshop partner's draft where applicable or on this handout. If you need more room, continue writing on the back of this page.
- Does this draft respond to the assignment? (Argument of a debatable issue with Rogerian slant?)
- Looking at the essay as whole, what thesis (main point including writer's opinion) is advanced? Please underline the thesis on your workshop partner's draft. If it is implied only, jot down what you perceive to be the thesis here.
- Are the needs of the audience kept in mind? For instance, do some concepts or words need to be defined? Is the evidence (examples, testimony of authorities, personal observations) clear and effective? Get into the margins of the draft and comment.
- Is any obvious evidence (or counter-evidence) overlooked?
- Can you accept the writer's assumptions? If not, why not? Please be honest and specific.
- Looking at each paragraph separately:
- What is the basic point?
- How does each paragraph relate to the essay's main idea or the previous paragraph?
- Should some paragraphs be deleted? Be divided into two or more paragraphs? Be combined? Be put elsewhere? (If you outline the essay by jolting down the gist of each paragraph, you will get help in answering these questions.)
- Is each sentence clearly related to the sentence that precedes it and to the sentence that follows?
- Is each paragraph adequately developed? Are there sufficient details, perhaps brief quotations or paraphrases from credible sources?
- Are the introductory and concluding paragraphs effective?
- What are the paper's main strengths?
- Make at least one specific suggestion that you think will assist the author to improve the paper.
- Last but not least--mechanics. If time permits, point out errors in spelling or grammar that distract from the argument of this draft.