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Peer Review Essays Worksheet 7th Graders

Before any peer review session, I try to model what it should look like in front of the class. I'll either use a sample from another class, or I'll ask for a volunteer from the current class. The first thing I do is reread the assignment. For this essay, it was the Embedded Assessment assignment from SpringBoard. I'll walk my students though each question of the Expository Peer Review sheet, thinking aloud as I go. It's important that they see me read it several times. First, I read it for understanding.  Next, I read it and add my suggestions. Lastly, I read the essay and my suggestions to make sure it all makes sense.

I always instruct students, upon completion of their responses, to have a conversation with each other about their writing. I've modeled how this should look, moving beyond the Expository Peer Review Sheet, and having an organic conversation about their style and asking and answering questions.

Next, for this particular assessment, I had the partner check off from the Expository Essay Outline to make sure that every element was included. Sometimes it's nice to have an extra set of eyes here.

When they have finished that conversation, I have them complete an Expository Rubric on their peer. This is where they can't hide behind their fluffy comments about how great their partner's essay is. They have to score them. 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Improve Students' Writing Using Online Workshops

"If tomorrow morning the sky falls...have clouds for breakfast." Cooper Eden's book If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow offers unconventional responses to life's challenges, and this lesson's activities encourage students to do the same. Online writing groups provide a forum for constructive peer review.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

And in Conclusion: Inquiring into Strategies for Writing Effective Conclusions

While drafting a literary analysis essay (or another type of argument) of their own, students work in pairs to investigate advice for writing conclusions and to analyze conclusions of sample essays. They then draft two conclusions for their essay, select one, and reflect on what they have learned through the process.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Reading Shakespeare's The Tempest through a Postcolonial Lens

Students take a postcolonial perspective on the portrayal of Caliban from Shakespeare's The Tempest by comparing it to a modern adaptation of the play.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Analyzing the Rhetoric of Corporate Logos across Time

Students think critically about how design elements in logos work together to tell a changing story about a company or product in this visual rhetoric lesson.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Collaborative Stories 2: Revising

Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising activity to help students consider content when revising, with students participating in the marking of text revisions.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Nature Reflections: Interactive Language Practice for English-Language Learners

Students whose first language is not English reflect on nature through readings, a visit to a green area, and bookmaking using the writing process and peer feedback.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

My Family Traditions: A Class Book and a Potluck Lunch

After analyzing Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza, students create a class book with artwork and information about their ancestry, traditions, and recipes, followed by a potluck lunch.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Peer Edit With Perfection: Effective Strategies

Students take a fresh look at the revision process and help one another polish their written work through a peer-editing strategy that is simple, systematic, and constructive.