Project 3 Part II : Peer Review Worksheet
Peer Reviewer: _______________________ Author: ________________________
Number each paragraph first for reference later.
1) Thesis Locate the writer’s thesis and underline it in the paper.
Thesis statement is a map for the rest of the paper.
Ø ___ In 1-4 sentences, it clearly specifies and outlines the author’s argument exactly. Quite like an abstract, the reader should have a crystal clear idea of the following sections of the paper.
Ø ___ The thesis statement is specific, interpretive, analytical, and comprehensive (like the 2 thesis statement handouts I have given you so far).
Ø ___ The thesis statement is easily located at the end of the introduction.
Ø ___ Suggestions to include in your thesis statement:
Ø ___ how exactly the 2 sources are similar and different (including both their points as well as their respective methodologies and perspectives)
Ø ___ (“A level”) get evaluative by staking a claim regarding which source makes the stronger case and why (just make sure to follow this line of thought throughout the paper!)
Ø The introduction:
Ø ___ Begins with a hook, or an interesting lead sentence
Ø ___ Answers the 5 W’s for each secondary source as well as for the primary source. The key is to manage to do this succinctly
Ø ___ Each article thesis is clearly identified
Ø ___ Each article is succinctly summarized. The summary will:
Ø ___ pay attention to complexity
Ø ___ resist urge to oversimplify
Ø ___ pick and choose what to elaborate on (telescope)
Ø ___ mentions & explains the relevance of the perspective (formalist, intentionalist, etc.) as well as the methodology used by each
Ø ___ the introduction overall is comprehensive, analytical, interpretive, and provable
Ø ___ keywords (a.k.a. jargon or key terms) to be used & discussed in the paper are defined explicitly
Ø ___ information provided is relevant to paper’s argument
Ø ___ Ends in a thesis statement
2) Now look only at the topic sentences for each paragraph. Do they logically link to the thesis? Are they specific & provable, as opposed to a statement of fact or a generalization? Note paragraph #s in which topic sentences need to be improved & explain how so.
3) Now look only at the closing sentence of each paragraph. Do they “close the deal”? In other words, do they prove the mini-case laid out in the specific, provable topic sentence? Note paragraph #’s in which closing sentences need to be improved & explain how so.
4) Is there a summary of the primary sources (the short story, poem, painting, etc.) whether separate or imbedded throughout the paper?
If so: How useful do you find the summary in showing you what the primary source is about? Note any questions you have after reading the summary, and note any places where the writer seems to emphasize unnecessary details.
If not: Would one help? Can you discover enough about the primary source from the introduction? If not, what needs to be included? and where?
5) Topic sentences, part II: Comparative claims (compare and contrast may each be discussed in separate paragraphs or throughout the paper):
Do clear comparative claims (specific & provable, not a statement of fact) appear in each paragraph in the the topic sentence, or first sentence of each paragraph?
Which significant similarities and differences between the interpretations does the writer discuss?
Are the comparative claims specific enough in identifying those similarities and/or differences? Note any places where claims seem vague or confusing. Be detailed in your response here.
Does ample textual support from each interpretation accompany all claims? Where does the writer need to add such support? List paragraph #s that need more support.
Where might the paragraphs benefit from the most specific type of textual support: direct quotation from the critics and analysis of direct quotation?
Do attributive tags (Jones suggests that “xyz”; Smith, however, disagrees, suggesting, “xyz”) and parenthetical documentation accompany all material from the writer’s sources? Circle any “naked quotes,” citations that seem to be missing or that might be formatted incorrectly (i.e. not written in MLA style).
In the space that follows, create a brief list of topics that serves as an “outline” for the essay. What points are discussed in which order? (If this becomes problematic, include a note telling the writer why that is)
Does the organization make logical sense? How could it be improved?
Look at the intro and conclusion: how does each fulfill its purpose? What is missing, if anything?
Take a look at the work you have done on the peer review. Summarize the main points that the writer needs to work on and include specific suggestions for how to begin working on them.
The author of the paper will turn this sheet in with his or her final draft on Monday, November 19.