Peer feedback is an essential part of the writing process. Students learn not only from receiving feedback, but also (and I believe most importantly) from providing feedback for others.
This collaborative feedback activity is focused mainly on the content of a literary analysis / argumentative essay. After completing this activity and having students do a revision, the next step could be another round of feedback focused on style and fluency (such as word choices, spelling, punctuation, and grammar).
I’ve found that if not structured effectively, peer feedback sometimes leads to problems. One of the problems with feedback is when it is too open ended. Often students don’t know where to begin! Another is that students get caught up in the surface details (like spelling and punctuation) and don’t dive into the structure and content. The last major problem is that some students aren’t as good at giving feedback and that person’s partner may end up disappointed and with little to work with for their revision.
This structured collaborative activity addresses all of these problems!
Students will receive feedback from SIX of their peers which pretty much eliminates the possibility of them not leaving with some concrete things to work on. The activity also forces students to work on one part of the essay (such as the introduction or the evidence) so they are not overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. However, every student will do each of the six jobs, so all students will review all of the content and skills. Finally, sitting in a circle and passing papers, sets a great vibe and allows the teacher to move around the room answering questions and giving suggestions.
Put students bring a paper copy of their draft to class and arrange them into circle groups of seven or more. Tell them to work at their own pace and not feel pressure if a paper is placed on the desk next to them and they haven’t yet finished their task. They will leave this activity with a better understanding of what goes into an analytical essay and how to make theirs stronger.
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