Lesson: Peer Editing Historical Fiction

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Lesson Objective

After completing this lesson the student will be able to critically analyze another student’s writing for content and grammar, utilizing a checklist and giving appropriate feedback.

Lesson Plan


·         W 5.14 Revise writing to improve effectiveness, clarity, level of detail, organization and style.

·         W 5.15 Use knowledge of punctuation, usage, spelling, capitalization, and sentence structure to edit writing.

·         W 5.16 Collaborate effectively with peers to improve text and accept and employ feedback.

Materials Needed:

·         Green pen

·         Prior to class have one of the students give you a copy of their journal for an example.  If the students are typing, just get a digital copy to project on the white board.

Needed Documents:

·        Peer Editing Checklist

·        Peer Editing Powerpoint

Level of Bloom’s Taxonomy:

·        Evaluation - judgement

Instructional Procedures:  How will I…?

…recall prior relevant information?  Make connections to prior learning?

1.      Review with the students what revising and editing means.  Have a discussion about why we revise and edit our work.

….present new material?

1.      Ask the students, “What is a peer”.  Have a discussion around the word peer.  Have students use the word in sentences, discuss synonyms and antonyms.

2.      After discussing the word “peer” ask the students what they think it means to have a peer revise their journal entry?  Discuss with the class that essentially their peer will be checking over their paper and looking for all of the items on the rubric.  The students peer will be playing the role of the teacher.

3.      Go through the PowerPoint with the students and discuss each slide and what it means to be a peer editor.

4.      Give the students the revising checklist.

5.      Pull up the student version that you have on the projector and model with the students how to go through the peer checklist using the student model.

6.      Pair students up and allow them to peer edit each other’s work.  Explain to the students that they will receive a grade on how well they peer edit their friends work.

7.      After peer edits are finished students should make the final changes to their journal entries.  If they are typing they need to make the changes to their electronic document (keeping the pages with the revisions and the checklists, as they will be turning those in).  If the students are handwriting their journals, they will need to now write the final copy.  You may need two days for these activities depending on the pace of your class.

…assess performance????

·         Students will be assessed on how well they edited their peer’s paper.  The peer checklist will be returned to the author and reviewed and graded when the journal is receiving its final grade.

…Enhance retention? (homework)

Test Questions from today’s objectives?


Did Students…?

   ….know my objectives?

  ….actively engage with the new material?

  …work together on a task?

  …get feedback on their performance?

What worked well:

The peer editing PowerPoint is a great resource and made the process easily understandable for the students.  Also, holding the students accountable for how well they edit another’s paper works well for me.  I think the students put more effort into helping and finding mistakes if they know they will be graded on the work.

What needs improving:

I improved the teacher modeling of the process in this lesson.  I have not modeled editing to this degree with the student’s before.  Modeling allows the students to see exactly what you will be looking for when grading the paper and I changed that portion of this lesson.  Typically I model that one time at the beginning of the year, but I am systematically changing how I handle modeling throughout my lessons.

Lesson Resources

Peer Editing Checklist   Other
peer editing   Other
Historical Fiction Lesson7 revising   Lesson Plan


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