These peer review sheets can be used in a number of ways. I use them with persuasive papers, writing dialogue, narratives, and more! Students enjoy reading their peer’s work, and they also appreciate the feedback that they receive from one another.
There are two sheets for revising and two sheets for editing, making four sheets total. View the "preview" to see the sheets themselves.
Typically, I spend one day on revision and the following day on editing. I do not want my students to confuse the two! Before I give students the peer review sheet they need, I explain that our purpose is to help each other, NOT to criticize or make fun of each other’s work. Then, I explain that they may use the peer review sheets as a guide, but they should also write on their peers’ rough drafts. Since most of the questions on the sheets are “yes” or “no” questions, I always require my students to elaborate on their answers. They may NOT simply circle an answer and move on. They either need to offer help or PROVE their answer is true.
For example, if the question asks, “Does the author use transition words?” and the student circles “yes,” that student will also need to highlight all of the transition words he/she has found OR write examples of the transition words in the space provided on the sheet(s).
When students complete their peer reviews, I give students time to make corrections. I make it very clear that if they do not agree with one of their peers’ answers and comments, they do not necessarily have to make a change.