Peer Editing for the Multi-Genre Literary Analysis

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!






General Reaction

Read your classmate's piece quickly to understand its ideas. Write a few sentences addressing your first impressions about it.

Is it well organized?

Do you learn from this analysis? If so, what?


If not, is it because the analysis is too obvious or too obscure?




What is the thesis of this paper?


Has the author maintained a clear focus with each body paragraph in supporting it? Please explain here how the author succeeded or failed in this task.



Text Based Evidence

Has the author made assertions to support the thesis and provided direct quotes to back their assertions?


Has each quote been explained? Are there any dangling, orphaned quotes? Please address consistent problems here; fix in rough.


Citations: Has information been credited to a source? If not, please indicate areas that are obviously researched information in need of citation attention. Has the citation been formulated correctly?

ū         Gokturk says, "La la lala al" (39).

ū         Five lines or longer have been indented, single spaced with no quotation marks unless dialogue. (14)

Please indicate here chronic problems and correct in body of paper.


Analysis of Literary Elements

How has the author made use of analyzing literary elements? Explain here the author's analysis of the following:


Analysis of Theme, Analysis of Characterization, Point-of-View Analysis, Analysis of Structure, Analysis of Imagery and Symbolism, Analysis of Setting and Atmosphere, Analysis of Language Use




Which parts of the paper detract from the purpose?In other words, what is unnecessary? (What can be omitted?)

How can the paperbe more effective?

What could be added to make it clearer?




Is the paper interesting?

Why or why not?

What works best and what doesnít?


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.