Peer Review Practice Activity

I’m working on a English question and need guidance to help me study.

For this week’s forum, you practice peer review on fictional students. The goal is for you to practice peer review before you’re faced with a real classmate’s paper.

Remember, the goal of peer review is to

To begin, you will read Aaron or Rachael’s research proposal examples and the peer review handout.

Then, you will write a 350-500 word (about 1 page, single spaced) letter, addressed to Aaron or Rachael, to provide them with feedback on their research proposal.

  • Your letter should open with “Dear…”
  • Begin by reflecting back to the author what you think their argument is (what is the exigency to which their project responds?). Also reflect back to them what you think their project entails. What do you think their study is trying to find out, and how do you think they’ll collect data?
  • Tell the author what’s effective.
  • Address the areas of the proposal that could be improved.
  • You may not provide comments on grammar.
  • Use the peer review handout as a guide. You will notice that many of the questions on the handout are yes/no questions. I do not want you to simply answer yes or no. Instead, I expect you to write several fully developed paragraphs in which you engage with the writer’s attention to purpose, audience, conventions, and trouble. Essentially, think about your reaction as a reader to their piece, and construct a cohesive letter to them in which you provide them with meaningful feedback. Support your feedback with details and examples. For example, you might quote an excerpt from their piece and ask for them to clarify it.
  • Here are questions that you might address as you craft your response.
  1. What is the purpose of the project? What does the writer want to have happen? Does it need to be clarified further or earlier?
  2. What is the exigency/need/current conversation that propels the research? Does the writer provide evidence from their annotated bibliography to support the exigency?
  3. Who is the main reader for this proposal? How can you tell? Is the writing style appropriate for that reader? Are key terms defined sufficiently so that you can follow the ideas?
  4. Are the research questions specific? Do you think the writer will be able to collect data? What issues might the writer run into?
  • Your letter should be well organized. Each paragraph should address one major point. Use topic sentences and transitions, and proofread your work.