Now that students have had the opportunity
to proofread their work for minor errors in spelling
and grammar, they will work together in order to edit
the content of their final project essays. The class
should already have experience with editing, but the
instructor will review some of the basic steps involved,
including cutting unnecessary material, adding further
explanations, developing ideas, and rewording text
to achieve greater clarity of meaning. As students
work together during the peer editing exercise, they
will gain valuable feedback from an unbiased reader
who can help point out the strengths and weaknesses
of the essay as a whole. Students will offer constructive
suggestions on how their peers’ essays may be
improved. Students will then make necessary revisions.
Purpose – The
purpose of this lesson is for students to explain the
strengths and weaknesses in a given
essay and offer constructive criticism in order to
improve their peers writing.
Students will be able to:
1. Evaluate their peers’ essays to determine clarity,
completeness, and persuasiveness.
2. Revise their own essays for greater clarity and fluency, adding
explanation where needed and cutting extraneous information where
National English Education
6: Students apply knowledge of language structure,
conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation),
media techniques, figurative language, and
genre to create, critique, and discuss print
and non-print texts.
Teachers should be aware of successful
peer-editing strategies and be able to guide students
in the evaluation of their peers’ work. Be sure
to encourage students to offer not only constructive
criticism but also praise, pointing out the strengths
of the essays they are critiquing.
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