Peer Editing for the Literary Analysis 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. Don’t limit yourself to this box: feel free to write in the body of the essay!




Editor  Name


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?

Is the paper interesting?

Why or why not?

What works best and what doesn’t?

Do you learn from this analysis? If so, what? If not, what makes the analysis obvious?




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 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?

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

š         5 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:


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


If it looks like the author has not explored any of these, does the essay read like a plot summary? It shouldn’t, so let them know…



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

How can the paper  be more effective?

What could be added to make it clearer?





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.