Peer Editing for the Short Story

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.





General Reaction -- Read your classmate's short story thoroughly to understand its ideas. Write a few sentences addressing your first impressions about it.


Does the plot make sense? Is it well organized?

Has it fulfilled the assignment of focusing on greed or curiosity as a theme? Other impressions?



Is the main character three-dimensional ? Do you believe that this character is real?


What can the author add to make this character more real?

What elements or parts don't work with your expectations of the character?

Are the secondary characters all necessary? Explain.



What is the main conflict? Describe.


How has the main character been presented with obstacles? (Please describe.)

How can this be made more effective? What could be added to make it clearer?



What is the ironic part of the story?


Is it clear?

Were there foreshadowing clues throughout the story?


Comment on the authorís use of:




Sensory imagery




Which parts of the story detract from the story? What is unnecessary?








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.