e ., “ sheanalyzes quotes well ”) H u m a n i t i e s

e ., “ sheanalyzes quotes well ”) H u m a n i t i e s

Reviewer’s Name:______________________ Writer’s Name: ______________________

To the Reviewer:

· You must read your classmate’s paper at least once, in full before answering any of

these questions. This should take about ten minutes, possibly longer.

· Once you have read the writer’s paper, answer all five questions on this sheet.

Read sections of the paper over again as needed.

· Each answer you give must be specific! Refer to page numbers and sentences.

Give detailed answers. Answers that are vague, general, and unhelpful (i.e., “she

analyzes quotes well”) will be considered incomplete.

· Do not be nice for the sake of being nice. Peer review does not work when you

tell your classmate that their paper is perfectly clear and easy to understand. No one’s

writing is perfect, and we all need revision. Yes, notice strong moments in the writing, but

spend most of your time suggesting revision.

· Please be respectful of your peer’s hard work. Keep your tone positive.

· Peer review is not a short process. Plan to spend 25-30 minutes on each essay.

· Do not mark grammar & punctuation; keep to the questions on this sheet.

To the writer: You should use your observations from reading the papers you review and the

comments you receive from your reviewers to rethink and revise your paper.

Complete these questions in full sentences.


1. Read through your reviewee’s paper. Where do you think the writer is interpreting,

thinking, and analyzing rather than summarizing? Write the paragraph numbers below

with comments.


2. Which paragraphs do you feel the writer is providing unnecessary summary (does

not give necessary context for analysis or quotations)? Write the paragraph numbers

below with comments.


3. Which moments of analysis (from question 1) seem especially interesting or

promising? That is, what place in the essay does the writer say something that seems

most original? What is strong about this moment? Write about it below and highlight in

the rough draft (on canvas).


4. Does the writer quote the readings in all body paragraphs of the essay? Where

should the writer do more to incorporate or quote from the readings? What passages or

ideas from the readings should they especially consider? Comment below.


5. Look at two types of quotations that the writer uses and comment here about how

accurately and how well they deal with those quotes.

· First, pick a quote that you think the writer could definitely discuss more thoroughly.

· Second, look at the longest quote that the writer has used. Consider the following: is

this quote too long? Is it being used in place of writing or in place of some sort of

directed summary? If you think the choice of quotation is useful—or if you think it should

be shortened—what is the most important part of the quote? What part should the writer

discuss most? What might the writer say about the quote? Does the writer explain how

the quotation works and why it is important?