Peer Editing for The Stranger/The Misunderstanding Multi-Genre 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. Dont limit yourself to this box: feel free to write in the body of the essay! Use the editor marks.


Editor Name


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

        Is the paper interesting? Why or why not? What works best and what doesnt?

        Is it well organized?

        Do you learn from this analysis of the two works? If so, what? If not, what makes the analysis too obvious or unclear/inconsistent?

        Has the author used an outline structure that helps clearly present the argument and evidence?

        Is the essay in present tense?

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


Thesis & Thesis Development

        What is the thesis of this paper? [Bullet it here.]

        Is the thesis statement clear and complex enough to be interesting?

        Has the author maintained a clear focus with each body paragraph in supporting it?

        Are there clear transitions? Do the assertions follow logical progression?

Please explain here how the author succeeded or failed in these tasks. Offer suggestions or point out where the development could be clearer or might need more information.


Essay as an Existential Discourse: The essay should absolutely incorporate the ideas of existentialism in the development. This is was Camus purpose: life is absurd/meaningless, there is no God but rather chance, & we are responsible for our own actions and choices. These consequences give us meaning or define our lives. Has the author made it clear how the analysis develops existentialism?


Text Based Evidence: Within each paragraph, examine closely how the writer has supported the thesis. Has the author followed the assertion TBE commentary/analysis structure?

        For each example, is a general assertion made?

        Has the author provided direct quotes to back their assertions? Has the author created a readable rhythm within the paper, using both paraphrase and direct quotes?

        Has each quote been explained? Are there any dangling, orphaned quotes?

Please address chronic problems here; fix/circle on the rough draft itself.


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?

         Meaursault says, "La la lala al" (39).

         FIVE (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: Theme, Characterization, Point-of-View, Structure, Imagery, Symbolism, Irony, Anti-Hero, Setting, etc.

How has the author made use of analyzing literary elements? If so, what are they? If not, the author may have implicitly discussed devices. Suggest to the author which devices/elements can be articulated.


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? Did you learn how the works are related to the elements of existentialism? How can the paper be more effective? What could be added to make it clearer? Were there chronic errors or one area that needs improvement? Please, no compliments here. [see above]