Peer Review Sheet for Essay

In this assignment you will turn your analytical reading skills to your peer’s drafted essay.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide thoughtful and thorough feedback to your partner
  • To offer analysis of the content and organization of the draft
  • To provide concrete suggestions for improvement


  • Write a single-spaced letter to your Peer Review Partner that offers them feedback on their drafted essay
  • Make sure to include answers to all the questions below. You should write at least one paragraph per question.


  • Week 6 – Bring two hard copies of your own draft to class, Tuesday, Oct. 2
  • Week 6 – Bring two copies of your Peer Review Letter to class and upload to Dropbox, Thursday, Oct. 4


Grading will be according to rubric available below. Peer Review will compose 10% of your final grade for the Essay. The revised Essay counts for 20% of your course grade.


Questions for your Letter

  1. Restate your partner’s thesis in your own words. What is the main argument being made in this paper?
  2. Can you clearly identify the claims that the author makes about the assigned readings they discuss? What is their interpretation of each of the readings they discuss?
  3. How does their interpretations of each of these readings support their main argument?
  4. What was the most effective example the author used? The least effective example?
  5. Were there any places in the paper that were confusing to you as a reader? What suggestions do you have or questions can you ask to help your partner improve their clarity?
  6. Were there any places where grammar or sentence structure made it difficult for you to understand?
  7. How well are citations used in this paper? If you needed to check on your partner’s paraphrases, summaries, or quotes, could you easily locate them? Are there any areas that seem like they might need more citations?
  8. What would you like to hear more about in the final version?
  9. In your opinion, what are the most important revisions that your partner should make for the final version of this paper?


Rubric for Peer Review


  • Evidence of thorough and conscientious effort
  • Good analysis of peer’s paper
  • Concrete suggestions for improvement


  • Evidence of effort
  • Fair to good analysis of peer’s paper
  • Concrete suggestions for improvement


  • Evidence of some effort
  • Developing an analysis of peer’s paper
  • Only a few suggestions for improvement


  • Evidence of minimal effort
  • Limited analysis of peer’s paper
  • Only vague or rote suggestions for improvement


  • No evidence of effort
  • Unfocused analysis or peer’s paper
  • No suggestions or only rote suggestions for improvement

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