©Marva A. Barnett

Peer-Editing Guidelines
(Translated from French to English)
(Adapted from Valdés et al., 1989. Composición: Proceso y síntesis, 2nd ed. San Francisco: Random House.)

Link to French Version

Use these questions to analyze your colleagues’ essays and to help them fine-tune them. (In addition, you will learn how to ask yourself questions about your own essays.) Take notes on another sheet of paper, or on each essay itself, and save this handout.

First impressions

1) What is the thesis of this essay, the main point?
2) How does the author support the thesis?
3) Are you convinced of the value and exactness of the arguments?
4) What pleases you about this essay?

More detail:

Are there places where

5) you need more information or more proof?
6) what’s written adds nothing (or almost nothing) to the thesis or to the essay?
7) the organization is not clear?
8) the author should add more details?
9) the details are . . .

very well chosen?

10) the language or tone is inappropriate to the purpose or to the readers?
11) the language is . . .

particularly interesting or powerful?
difficult to understand?
ambiguous or confusing?

12)Are the quotations well chosen to support the thesis? Are they well analyzed?


13) Does the essay achieve its purpose? Are you convinced by the arguments, the examples, the reasoning?
14) How could the author improve the essay? Where should the author work hardest to revise?