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Peer Review – Global & Local Issues

You must participate in all Peer Reviews and submit all Peer Review materials with your final essay to earn full credit for Peer Review.
Global Issues
Introductory Paragraph

1) Does the writer’s introduction have a hook or opening sentence that grabs your attention? Offer comments about how to make their introduction more engaging from the start.

2) Does the introduction provide enough context or background information to give you a good sense of what the essay will address? Are you confused? Provide comments.

Thesis Statement

3) Does the writer’s thesis statement directly respond to the proposed prompt? In addition, do they outline their main points in their thesis? Underline, circle, or highlight them. Indicate which information is lacking/needs improvement.

Body Paragraphs

4) Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that explicitly identifies the main point the body paragraph will address. Moreover, each body paragraph should contain supporting illustrations and evidence for each main point. Finally, each body paragraph should contain explanations that clarify and explain the connection between the main point and evidence supplied.
Evaluate and comment on the main point, illustrations, and explanations provided in each body paragraph. Do they have topic sentences, legitimate and credible evidence, and reasonable evaluations?

  • First body paragraph—

  • Second body paragraph—


5) Does the writer’s conclusion give you a sense of closure and relate back to the thesis statement? Does it highlight the significance of the information provided in the essay? Does it pass the “So What?” test—in other words, do you leave their essay with a sense of why this new knowledge is valuable or necessary? Offer some comments and suggestions about what’s working, what could be improved, and how to improve it.

Local Issues
MLA format

1) Are the header and heading formatted correctly? Indicate corrections on the draft itself.

2) To the best of your ability, assess how well your partner uses 1 inch margins, double spacing, and 12 pt. Times New Roman. Note suggestions below.

Transitions (T)

3) Paragraph-level transitions – Does your partner use transitions when moving from paragraph to paragraph? Circle paragraph-level transitions in their draft and make suggestions below and on the draft itself.

4) Sentence-level transitions – Does your partner use transitions when moving from sentence to sentence? Circle sentence-level transitions in their draft and make suggestions below and on the draft itself.

Commas (C)

5) Read through their draft and evaluate your partner’s use of commas. Insert or delete commas when necessary.

Sentence fragments (SF)

6) Look for sentence fragments in your partner’s draft and correct them.

A sentence fragment is part of a sentence that is written as if it were a whole sentence, with a capital letter at the beginning and a period, question mark, or an exclamation point at the end. A fragment may lack a subject, a complete verb, or both.
Example with missing subject: Jumped onto the trampoline.

Correction: Edmund jumped onto the trampoline.
Word choice (WC)

7) Read through your partner’s essay and find words or phrases that might benefit from a synonym.
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