Peer Editing for the Expository Essay

To the Editor(s): Please write your name in the table. Please consider what kind of feedback you would like to receive and try to offer the same quality of feedback to your classmates. Follow the steps carefully, providing attention to detail to help the writer. Donít limit yourself to this box: feel free to write in the body of the essay! Read the work slowly, putting checks by the more effective parts of it and putting question marks by the parts that are unclear to you.Circle any spelling or capitalization errors, and note any other mechanical problems by underlining or circling.


Before you read: Find the thesis statement. What is the controlling idea? (write it here)



Editor Name


General Reaction Write a few sentences addressing your first impressions about the essay once you have read it.

Has it fulfilled the assignment of supporting a controlling idea?

Did the author make good use of literary elements?

Other impressions?







The introduction should present the controlling idea, state how it applies to the book title, and include the authorís name. It should be clear what the essay will examine. Check that it contains these basic elements. Comment here on its clarity.




Each body paragraph should focus on a general topic to support the controlling idea.


Each example within each paragraph should contain at least three examples.


Each example should begin with an assertion or observation + direct quote(s) or specific paraphrase(s) to support assertion/observation + a statement to explain the connection.


Please check each body paragraph for these elements. Comment on the authorís success or what needs to be addressed in the revision.



Comment here on what the author should consider in his/her revisions to perfect the essay.Please also correct errors you find in the body.



How can the essay be more effective?

What could be added to make it clearer?


Which parts of the paper detract from the purpose?

What is unnecessary?



Suggestions: Offer the writer at least two specific suggestions that might help him or her to improve the essay. Think of questions you had while reading: did it make sense? Were you able to follow along? These may be questions that your classmate will want to answer in the next draft.


Please be specific in your suggestions, offering the author CONCRETE advice they can understand and implement.