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Peer Review Form






Thesis Statement

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

Introduction creates interest. Thesis clearly states the position.

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

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

Is the last sentence a summarizing thesis statement?  Does it include what writer’s name means to him/her, and how it helps him or her learn about myself?
Does the introductory paragraph introduce the name adequately? 



Body Paragraphs

Well developed main points directly related to the thesis and introduced with a topic sentence. Supporting examples are concrete and detailed.   Conclusion effectively wraps up and goes beyond restating the thesis. 

Three or more main points are related to the thesis, but one may lack details or have a weak topic sentence.  Conclusion effectively summarizes topics. 

Three or more main points are present. Topic sentences are present.  Conclusion is adequate.

Less than three main points, and/or poor development of ideas.  Topic sentences not present. Conclusion does not summarize main points.

Does each body paragraph begin with a summarizing topic sentence?
Are all the sentences in the paragraph related to the topic? 
Are there sufficient details, clearly explained?
Does the conclusion provide closure and restate the main ideas?




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. 

Can you see a specific organizational pattern?
Highlight or mark the transitional phrases.


Sentence flow, variety

Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent.  Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words well chosen.  

Writing is clear and sentences have varied structure.  Diction is consistent.  

Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety.  Diction is appropriate. 

Writing is confusing, hard to follow.  Contains fragments and/or run-on sentences. Inappropriate diction. 

Is there variety in sentence structure?
Are the sentences clear and do they flow smoothly?
Are there slang or colloquial expressions to be corrected?


Spelling, punctuation, capitalization

Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are correct.  No errors.

Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are generally correct, with few errors. (1-2)

A few errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization. (3-4)

Distracting errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization.

Are there spelling, punctuation and capitalization errors that distract?


Holistic editing:

  1. Where in the paper has the author truly “written with her or his heart”? Where else in the paper could the writer put more heartfelt or sincere explanation or discussion?


  1. Where in the paper has the author written “small”? Where could the writer use more details (images, colors, details, explanations, names of people, time of day or month or year, etc.)?


  1. Where in the paper has the author written “real”? In other words, where does the personality and the voice of the author appear?  Is it consistent? What can the writer do to make the paper more “real”?


  1. Does the paper flow smoothly? (Paragraphs are separated and have transitions.) What can the writer do to smooth things out a bit?


  1. What advice can you give the writer to “polish” this paper, to edit it until it is the best product it can be?


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