Using Peer Review to Write-Out Mistakes

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SWBAT how peer-review can strengthen a persuasive argument.

Big Idea

How can peers help us understand and express our ideas better?


This lesson is part of a series on writing a persuasive research paper.  Students used a peer-review form and highlighting techniques to assist each other in revising and editing their papers.  The main objective in this lesson is peer-to-peer interactions and strategies for revising and editing. 

Using Peer-Review Effectively

45 minutes

We begin this lesson with a basic coloring exercise.  Students pair up and share their working drafts with each other. Then they make a copy of this draft so they can mark it up.  I want students to make sure they have the basics in their papers: introduction, thesis statement, topic sentence, supporting evidence, transitions, counter-argument, and conclusion.

 I instruct students to read through the paper once and ask their partner questions as they read. Then switch and read the other persons paper.  

Next I ask students to go back through and read the paper, but as they do, highlight the different parts of the paper in different colors. If something is missing then move on. If a sentence or even a whole paragraph doesn't seem to fit one of the parts then leave it uncolored. The goal is for every part of the paper to be colored in, and to include all seven colors.  

Next, I share the peer-review worksheet with the students, and explain that after they are done coloring the paper, switch, and with a new partner and reading each other's papers rate and comment on the different sections.