Peer editing

Peer editing can be done during class time or electronically outside of class, as the documents below--from Northwestern instructors--illustrate.  The questions that students respond to can vary according to the nature of the assignment and the purpose of the peer review.

peer editing sheets for drafts
Peer editing sheets for two essay assignments in a freshman seminar.  Providing very specific questions helps the editors give useful feedback and suggestions. 

peer feedback form literature seminar
Students exchange drafts in class, complete the peer feedback form, and then discuss their written comments with one another.  Students submit the forms with their drafts so that I can read them.  I frequently refer to their peers' comments when I am writing my own comments on their drafts.   

peer review Asian diaspora freshman seminar
Students do a close reading of one another's drafts to provide insight into what has and has not been conveyed by the draft.

research draft peer review
Prompts peer reviewers to comment on key pieces of information, logical organization, and conclusion

research paper introduction peer response
Prompts peer editor to comment on introduction, and prompts author to respond to those comments

research paper peer evaluation of claims
Prompts peer editor to evaluate the paper's effectiveness in supporting claims and addressing counter-arguments

peer editing science papers
Prompts peer editor to complete a checklist on the paper's content, structure, and grammar

getting the most out of peer reviews
A link to NU's Writing Place that explains how to make sure you benefit from sharing your writing with peers

peer review guidelines for a personal essay
These guidelines from a freshman seminar are aimed at pairs of students who are exchanging drafts before meeting individually with the instructor.