I have prepared a guided peer editing sheet for my students to use in editing groups. It is incredibly comprehensive and allows the students the chance to answer questions and focus on improving each other’s work as well as their own. I have even left this with a substitute in sub plans and have gotten great feedback.
Here are two variations of the worksheet I created this year. A veteran teacher might use this as a supplement to an existing editing and revising regiment, while a new teacher may see this as a starting point when one feels lost without clear guidelines on how to have students edit each other’s work.
The two variations were for the following assignments:
* An argument essay – Students were required to have a minimum of five paragraphs including text evidence and counterclaim evidence. They needed to cite at least two sources with text evidence.
* A five chapter companion novel - Students read individual novels and broke down their opinions of the novel with evidence into five chapters such as, Theme; Character Development; Setting; Real World Connections; and Conflict. We studied various companion novels first and analyzed the chapters.
* Both task sheets are fully editable to fit your assignment and assessment needs.
I hope you find this to be a useful resource for your middle school ELA classroom!