The purpose of this packet is to (1) introduce students to the peer review process, (2) have students conduct a peer review of a classmate’s writing, and (3) have students apply the same evaluation strategies to their own writing.
Peer Review is an appropriate and effective activity for writing classes in Grades 6-8, 9-12, and higher education.
This packet contains a complete presentation on peer review, presentation notes pages, and forms for peer review and self-evaluation of writing.
1. Presentation - Contains 16 engaging pages! The presentation can be used with projectors, ACTIVBoards, and SmartBoards, or it can be printed out as handouts for students. The presentation covers the following topics: (a) Objectives & Outcomes, (b) Classroom Guidelines for Peer Review, (c) Effective Peer Review Strategies, and (d) The Peer Review Process Steps.
2. Presentation Notes Pages - A printable handout for students that contains all of the information from the presentation and has blanks where key words should be. Students fill in the blanks as you go through the presentation with them. Studies have shown that students stay engaged and retain more when they are given a fill-in-the-blank handout during a presentation. Also, believe it or not, students think of filling in the blanks as a fun challenge!
3. Peer Review Response Form - A two-page form that can be printed out for use in the classroom (can be two pages or one page front to back). The form walks students through the peer review process and teaches them what questions to ask and what competencies to focus on when doing a peer review. Through this activity, students put themselves in the role of the teacher, analyze the writing of their peers, and provide good feedback to help their peers improve their writing. However, students also learn how to evaluate their own writing by evaluating the writing of another.
4. Self-Evaluation Form - This form is almost identical to the Peer Review Response Form, with the exception of added key questions. However, on this form, the question wording is changed to prompt students to reflect on their own writing. In this activity, students apply their new evaluation skills to their own writing.