Peer Editing for the Critical Lens

To the Writer: Attach this sheet to the front of your essay. Have two other students read your essay. Once they have made comments, revise your paper. You will submit a final draft attached to this rough draft and the peer editor comments. Please make sure that you submit all peer edits to ensure that your classmate gets credit.

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 to understand its ideas. Write a few sentences addressing your first impressions about it.

Is it well organized?

Is evidence from the text presented in a logical order?

Does the essay clearly develop the thesis using evidence from the text?


Introduction. Has the writer

  • Included 1-3 general intro sentences?
  • stated the quote clearly, embedded in paper?
  • interpreted the quote in a clear and meaningful way?
  • provided a thesis that analyzes the literary piece(s) using the interpretation of the lens?
  • provided a preview of what will be analyzed?


Body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should include at least

  • A topic sentence that supports thesis
  • Three examples from the book to support the thesis & topic sentence
    • Each example should be introduced
    • Detail example
    • Explain the example
  • 3 Literary elements underlined
  • vocab words bolded

Comment here on the paragraphs – what do they need to be clearer? Correct mistakes or problem areas in paper



Quoting/Citations: Has information from the literary work(s) been cited with page numbers?  

Has the citation been formulated correctly?

Throughout the work, the boys ignore Piggy’s clear-sightedness , even when he has the conch, a symbol of their democracy. “Piggy grabbed for the conch but the boys ignored him. ‘I’ve got the conch,’ he yelled” (87).

Please correct errors in body of paper.



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.