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Peer Review Form for ARGUMENT ESSAY

Reviewer's Name____________________________   Date______________
Writer's Name_______________________________ 
Essay Title _________________________________
This peer review form is derived from the rubric your instructor will use to grade your argumentative essay.    Be sure to address each of the main categories listed on the form.  Copy and paste into your review as much of this form as needed to clearly structure your comments. Indicate in your review which column in each category best describes the essay. 

 

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INTRODUCTION
Background/History
Define the Problem
Thesis Statement

Well-developed introduction engages the reader and creates interest. Contains detailed background information and a clear explanation of the problem. Thesis clearly states a significant and compelling position.
 

Introduction creates interest and contains background information. Thesis clearly states the problem.

Introduction adequately explains the background of the problem, but may lack detail.  Thesis states the problem.

Background details are a random collection of information, unclear, or not related to the topic. Thesis and/or problem is vague or unclear.

Locate and mark or underline these three items in the introductory paragraph:

  • background information
  • an explanation of the controversy
  • a clear thesis statement

Comments

 

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MAIN POINTS
Body Paragraphs
Refutation
Conclusion

Well developed main points directly related to the thesis. Supporting examples are concrete and detailed. Refutation acknowledges opposing view logically and clearly.  Conclusion effectively wraps up and goes beyond restating the thesis.  Commentary is logical, and well thought out.

Three or more main points are related to the thesis, but one may lack details. Refutation paragraph acknowledges the opposing view and summarizes points. Conclusion effectively summarizes topics.  Commentary is present.

Three or more main points are present,

Less than three main points, and/or poor development of ideas.  Refutation missing or vague.  Conclusion does not summarize main points. Commentary is not present.

Locate these items:

  • refutation paragraph - acknowledges and summarizes the opposing view
  • body paragraphs (3) - each begins with a topic sentence and contains detailed supporting information
  • conclusion summarizes the paper's main points
  • suggestions for change are included in conclusion

Comments:


 

 

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ORGANIZATION
Structure
Transitions

Logical progression of ideas with a clear structure that enhances the thesis.  Transitions are mature and graceful.

Logical progression of ideas.  Transitions are present equally throughout essay.

Organization is clear. Transitions are present. 

No discernable organization.  Transitions are not present. 

  • What is the organizational pattern?  Is it clear?
  • Can you circle at least one or two transitions in every paragraph?

Comments:

 

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MECHANICS AND STYLE
Sentence flow, variety
Diction
Spelling, punctuation, capitalization

Writing is smooth, skillful, coherent.  Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words well chosen.  Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are correct.  No errors.

Writing is clear and sentences  have varied structure.  Diction is consistent.  Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are generally correct, with few errors. (1-2)

Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety.  Diction is appropriate. A few errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization. (3-4)

Writing is confusing, hard to follow.  Contains fragments and/or run-on sentences. Inappropriate diction. Distracting errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization. 

Comment on the sentence structure, punctuation and capitalization
Comments:

 

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SOURCES
Use of sources
Format
Relevant/reliable
 

Sources are smoothly and logically integrated into the text, and clearly explain the ideas.  Accurate format. Sources are relevant and reliable.

Sources are integrated into the text, and accurately documented using correct format. Sources are relevant and reliable.

Source material is used.  Sources are accurately documented, may contain a few minor errors in format.

Lacks sources and/or sources are not accurately documented. Format is incorrect for all sources.

Locate these items:

Comments:

Overall, what is good about the essay?

What needs more work?

 

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