A proven peer editing protocol that develops students' ability to provide quality feedback to fellow writers.
Once you teach students how to use this editing protocol, students can use this with any writing piece -- large or small. It can also be adapted for a self-edit if a student is absent or can't quite cooperate with a partner that day.
With each piece you provide students with a focus area for editing. For each comment, students suggest that the author keep, delete, change, add or move a part of the writing. For each suggestion students must defend their suggestion. Students are not to put any proofreading comments on this sheet (i.e. spelling, punctuation, etc.).
When the author receives his comments, they are to be reviewed thoughtfully. There is a spot then for the author to indicate if he will accept or deny the suggestion.
Used along with the protocol poster (included) and venn diagram that specifically defines the differences between editing and proofreading, students learn to think as editors which further improves their writing skills.
A sample of how the sheet is used is included.