Definition of Peer Workshop
A Peer Workshop is an activity where you exchange work with your peers in your class and offer each other feedback.
Most of you will have done this previously.
The main idea of a Peer Workshop is to get other perspectives on your work.
However, Peer Workshops are for suggestions and opinions. You are NOT grading each other. That’s my job.
Think about Peer Workshops as an opportunity to give advice.
Types of Errors
Local errors are small, things that only effect a localized part of the paper.
Examples of some local errors:
Global errors are large and effect the entirety of the paper.
Examples of some global errors:
Organization and Flow
Following the Prompt
Engagement with the Audience
What to Comment On
Global Errors First
Since global errors effect the entirety of the paper, these should be the first things you comment on and look for.
These are more difficult for students to comment on sometimes, but think about yourself as a reader, not a teacher.
Respond as you read. Is it clear? Are you having problems with understanding something?
Local Errors- Do Not Ignore
While local errors are not as detrimental to the content of a paper, they are much easier for students to comment on.
Try not to point out every instance of a repeated error. Once is enough.
Think about what is going to be the most helpful and what you would like feedback on.
Positive vs. Critical Comments
Many students are unsure about whether to give positive or critical comments or both.
The answer is both. You should react like a reader and respond as a friend.
Give advice that you would want to receive.
This means that only giving positive comments is just as unhelpful as giving all critical comments.
Think of this as a partnership where you are a reader who wants to help the author get the best grade possible. What would you tell this person about what works and about what doesn’t in order to help boost their grade?
Workshopping on Blackboard
Because we’re using Blackboard, we will be doing our Peer Workshops there via a program called Turnitin.
You already submitted your drafts there.
As of now, the Peer Review window is open.
You should be assigned one paper automatically and then you will pick two others of your choice.
You should be able to comment directly on the paper, however, there are also four questions to answer to help guide you.
Here are the four questions so you are prepared. You will answer these for each paper you review:
In your opinion, what is the biggest strength of this paper?
What global errors do you see in this paper?
What local errors do you see in this paper?
What is your overall opinion of this paper?
That’s basically all there is.
1.In your opinion, what is the biggest strength of this paper?
2.What global errors do you see in this paper?
3.What local errors do you see in this paper?
4.What is your overall opinion of this paper?
Rough draft There have been many events in my eighteen years of life that have made me the reader and writer that I am today. There have been two major events in my life that I remember every time I am writing that motivate me to read and write to the best of my ability each and every time. Throughout my schooling years of kindergarten through eighth grade I found myself not being so interested and unmotivated to write my essays for school. I remember that I would get an assignment that had to do with writing and I would make the biggest ugh face and I felt so mad that I did not want to do it. What made me even more mad was that they made us write paragraphs just for questions and I actually took the time to figure out why they would put us in what I thought was torture. Then, one day which I remember was my freshman year of high school which all lead up to this first major event that lead me up to being a good reader and writer was that I got an assignment to do an essay about the story we were reading in my English nine class which was “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I remember I made a face and signed and I told myself I did not want to do it. But, I know that I had to do it because it was gonna help me pass my final that we were gonna do the week after that. So, I sat down at my mom’s kitchen table and did the assignment. I knew that the essay was not good. I rushed it hours before it was due and I turned it in the next day. When my teacher had graded the assignment I had gotten a 68.9%. It dropped my grade so much I started to cry because I was scared I was not gonna pass the class because we were so close to finals. The next day after that I went up to my teacher and asked her what I could do to raise my grade she told me to correct my essay and make it better to up my points a bit. That same day I went home and went straight to my bed, put on some music and I actually took the time to read into my story and I ended up loving it so much that I read the whole book and corrected my essay. When I got it back I had gotten a B on it. I was so happy that my grade went up and I realized that I actually loved to write and read. When the final came around I passed with a 89% because I read the book and actually paid attention. Those two weeks motivated me to not give up. After that all my essays were starting to get better and better and my teachers started to compliment my writing and reading when I had to present things in class. The second major event happened my junior year of high school in my English eleven class when we were given a task to complete a five paragraph essay in the r.a.c.e.r format. The essay was about college. I don’t quite remember what our topic was. But, doing that format helped me so much and still helps me now with my essays or whatever it is that I am writing. The format r.a.c.e.r stands for restate the question, answer the question, cite evidence to support your answer, explain, and relate to your life, world, or other text. They made us write every essay like this eleventh and twelfth grade of high school and I passed all my essays with a five out of 6. I usually wrote my best on the left side of my bed it was not the most comfortable place like “Gay” stated but it was the place I focused more and wrote my best. Surrounding myself with good music helped me as well it made me expand my thinking. If I have no music it is like I have a blank canvas in my brain and I don’t get any ideas so my writing comes out horrible and not ready to turn in. The moral of this essay is to always listen to your teachers. Most of them want what is best for you. Once you complete something you didn’t want to do you’ll think like dang that was it and there won’t be as much pressure on your shoulders.
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