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Introductory Paragraph Peer Edit

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Kristen Cunningham

on 26 September 2013

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Transcript of Introductory Paragraph Peer Edit

Introductory Paragraph Peer Edit
Phase 1
1. Identify your peer's Assertion (pre-thesis) and underline it in blue.


Is it the first sentence?

Does it introduce the author and text?

Is it too broad or too specific?

Paraphrase their assertion in the margin. If you have trouble doing so, their assertion may be unclear- tell them that!

Phase 2
1. Read your peer's Assertion and Context (references to specific scenes in the text). Underline their 2/3 pieces of context in green.


Can you clearly identify 2 or 3 scenes being referenced?

Are the scenes relevant to their assertion?

Is your peer summarizing too much?

Do they include transitions to show the progression of ideas?
Phase 3
1. Read the thesis statement and underline it in red.

2. Paraphrase the argument in the margins. "In other words..."

3. Circle the claim and put brackets around the significance.

4. If the significance is missing or unclear, tell them!

5. Tell your peer if their thesis is too vague. How will you know? Well, they might point out language, mood, theme, etc. but not specify which language, what mood, and what theme they are talking about.

Phase 4
1. Read this last Intro.
2. Correct any grammar, spelling, punctuation mistakes that you find. 3. Keep an eye out for past tense verbs and correct them!
4. Answer your peer's question.
We want to help each other develop effective writing techniques. The feedback left on your paper will help you identify areas of weakness to focus on going forward.
Here we go!

We talked about effective reading strategies. Now let's try an effective writing practice: editing. This activity will give you the opportunity to learn from your peers' strengths and feedback to improve your own writing going forward. Please take each paragraph, phase, and question seriously. Be respectful of your peers' work and give them the time and attention that they are giving your work. Read each piece thoroughly and give some thought to their assertion, context, thesis, etc. before summarizing their points or leaving comments. You want your feedback to be accurate, thoughtful, and constructive.
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