Unit One Peer Review Worksheet
(Note: I will hand out hard copies of this worksheet in class Monday, September 26th).
Peer Reviewer Name:
Author, please list any specific questions or issues that you would like your reviewer to address:
Reviewer, please read the author’s paper carefully, then answer the following questions:
- What is the author’s lens (i.e. the image or object that frames the narrative?) How does the lens connect to the author’s arrival at VCU?
- What is the author’s narrative strategy? That is, how does he or she arrange the story? What kind of chronology or order do you notice?
- Where does the author use especially evocative detail? What does this detail help you understand?
- What have you learned about the author and VCU or, more broadly, about education and identity after reading this essay?
- Is there a moment where you feel confused by the story or the conclusion the author reaches? Mark it with a question mark.
- Are there moments where you would like more detail about an event, person, or place? Mark it with a star.
- Finally, note three things you would most recommend for improvement of the essay. Try to avoid notes like “double-check your spelling” in favor of “spend more time developing your conclusion” or “re-write the introduction to increase readerly suspense.”
___ This essay is 750-1000 words.
___ This essay has a creative title.
___ This essay cites any outside sources it uses (N/A if no outside sources)
___ This essay has been proof-read effectively.
If you have time at the end of your peer review consultation, consider playing the following game. “What if” suggestions are not meant to make the essay “better”; instead they are meant to experiment with different strategies that an essay might adopt.
- What if you re-ordered the chronology of the essay (so that a major event happens in flashback or you jump between timeframes)?
- What if you flipped the beginning and end of the story?
- What if you wrote your narrative as a letter to someone particular?
- What if your story suggested a different major reflection?
Peer Review Partners
- Skyler and James
- Charlie and Holly
- Taylor and Cole
- Carol and Nick
- Alyssa and Marin
- Xan and Sydnee
- Jalen and Kara
- Genevieve and Tatyanna
- Candace and Sid
- Thi and Emily
- Elena and Walker
- Ruoqiong and Tina
- Kiana and Jessie
- Kimia and Ahnecca
- Alex and Kara
- Kyle and Nia
- Rastin and Julie
- Erin and Keene
- Phillip and Shanelle
- Arianna and Shedavia
- Eleanor and Sara
- Breanna and Cole
- Joy and Lauren
- Morgan and Tiffany
- Ben and Charlotte
- Alex, Collins and Mikala (C reads M, M reads A, A reads C)
- Drew and Anna
- Chris and Miranda
- Lee and Rae
- Olivia and George
- Caitlin and Kevin