Peer Editing for the Argument 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 author's position on the topic? (write it here)


What is your position (before reading)?

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 presenting a compelling argument? Was the essay entertaining? Did the author make good use of literary elements?

Other impressions?


Please rate the piece using the numbers from the rubric:


Organization =


Elements of Persuasion =


Grammar, Mechanics, Usage =


Add comments:

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?


Where and how did the author address the counterarguments? What are they?



Comment on the authorís use of:

facts (appeal to logic). Has the author avoided logical fallacies?


description (appeal to emotion).


Audience: Who is the audience? Has the author maintained focus?



COUNTERARGUMENT: Has the author effectively anticipated the counterarguments? Have they been woven into the narrative smoothly? Look for inconsistencies, abrupt changes, and logical fallacies.


What points might have been overlooked and where could they be placed?



If you disagreed with the author's POV initially? Did it change at all? If not, address why here. What is lacking in the argument? Examine the presentation.


If you already agreed with the POV, was the argument complete? Can you think of other points you a\would make or others might argue?


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.