Evaluating Essays & Peer Editing Checklist System with 6 Sample Student Essays

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Evaluating Essays & Peer-Editing System for all types of essays! In order to be good writers, it is essential that students are able to read and evaluate all types of writing. Unfortunately, however, most of the essays students are asked to evaluate through traditional writing programs have been written by a professional writer to look like a sample student essay. Those essays usually have few problems and may not represent an actual representation of the kind of writing struggling or practicing writers actually produce. Students are then forced to work with examples that don't address the kinds of issues they have as real writers in real classrooms, and are left feeling as if they can't compare or keep up.

The essays in this writing program have been based on actual student essays. The idea is that the more students are able to work with real-life examples, the more they can learn. And as an added bonus, students can objectively evaluate these essays knowing that they have not been written by anyone they know. In fact, students actually enjoy learning with these examples, and have been known to get excited or laugh out loud when they discover an egregious problem! (And the best part -- you know it's working!)

Includes both PRINTABLE and DIGITAL VERSIONS for Distance Learning and In-Person Classrooms.

This unit on Evaluating Essays and Peer-Editing System includes:

✴️ Teacher's Notes with instructions on how to conduct an essay evaluation and peer-editing

✴️ Peer-Editing Instructions to support students through a step-by-step process

✴️ Evaluating Essays handout with a checklist for evaluating an essay

✴️ General Essay Rubric for evaluating an essay

✴️ Sample Essay for whole-class evaluation

✴️ Peer-Editing Checklist with sample evaluation of Sample Essay

✴️ Sample Essay Evaluation with sample edits/marks

✴️ Sample Essay Rubric with sample evaluation

✴️ Blank Peer Editing Checklist

✴️ 6 Real-World Sample Student Essays (Argumentative/Persuasive, Cause/Effect, Compare/Contrast, Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, Reflective)

15 Pages of student materials, plus 3 Pages of Teacher Notes

When students are ready to begin writing their own essays, have students practice writing the parts of the essay (titles, grabbers, topic sentences, etc.) with the Teaching the Essay Writing Process - Essay Writing Basics Resource BUNDLE

For practicing evaluating and peer-editing specific types of essays which can vary from this general essay structure, be sure to check out our products on Argumentative/Persuasive Essays, Informative/Explanatory Essays, Cause & Effect and Compare/Contrast Essays, Descriptive Essays, and more under the Essay and Writing Category on TpT and SimplyNovel.com


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