Peer Editing for the Critical Lens Essay†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Your Name: ______________________________________


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! Use the editor marks.




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, what makes the analysis too obvious?


Compliments: What positives can you say about the piece?



Has an interpretation of the quote been provided?

Has it been applied to the works being analyzed?

Are the titles and authors included in the thesis?

What is the thesis of this paper?

Does the title reveal the thesis of the 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

Within each paragraph, examine closely how the writer has supported the thesis.

For each example, is a general assertion made?

Has the author provided direct quotes or very specific paraphrases to back their assertions?

Has each quote/paraphrase been explained? Are there any dangling, orphaned quotes (meaning no analysis has been provided)? Please address consistent problems here; fix 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?

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

ū         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?

Theme, Characterization, Point-of-View, Structure, Imagery and Symbolism, Setting and Atmosphere/Mood, Language Use/Tone, Irony/Dramatic Irony, Hubris, Hamartia, Tragic Hero, etc.




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?




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.