Peer Edit Sheet Descriptive Essay About A Person

Abstract
Now that students have had the opportunity to proofread their work for minor errors in spelling and grammar, they will work together in order to edit the content of their final project essays. The class should already have experience with editing, but the instructor will review some of the basic steps involved, including cutting unnecessary material, adding further explanations, developing ideas, and rewording text to achieve greater clarity of meaning. As students work together during the peer editing exercise, they will gain valuable feedback from an unbiased reader who can help point out the strengths and weaknesses of the essay as a whole. Students will offer constructive suggestions on how their peers’ essays may be improved. Students will then make necessary revisions.

Purpose – The purpose of this lesson is for students to explain the strengths and weaknesses in a given essay and offer constructive criticism in order to improve their peers writing.

Objectives
Students will be able to:
1. Evaluate their peers’ essays to determine clarity, completeness, and persuasiveness.
2. Revise their own essays for greater clarity and fluency, adding explanation where needed and cutting extraneous information where appropriate.

National English Education Standard
Standard 6: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.

Teacher Background
Teachers should be aware of successful peer-editing strategies and be able to guide students in the evaluation of their peers’ work. Be sure to encourage students to offer not only constructive criticism but also praise, pointing out the strengths of the essays they are critiquing.

Related and Resource Websites
http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/editing.html
http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/processes/editing/
http://web.archive.org/web/20050318223317/http://www.carleton.ca/wts/handouts/Editing_and_Proofreading.htm

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