Peer Review Worksheet for Pop Culture Analysis
Read your partner’s draft and respond by answering the following questions with specific, constructive feedback. Avoid yes/no answers or single sentence responses when possible. These will be turned in with final draft of your paper. For this paper, we will focus on the closed-form skills we have been trying to build during this unit.
- Who is the audience for this piece?
- What is the old in this essay?
- What is the new in this essay?
- Is there an attention grabber or hook in this essay? If so, does it work? If not, describe where it needs work.
- Does the author explain why this question/thesis is problematic or significant? If so, summarize it:
- Does this paper have a thesis in the first paragraph? Write it here:
- Is the summary/broad view paragraph after the introduction? In terms of what you know about a short summary, describes what it does well, and where it needs work.
- For audience to understand this issue, does the author provide too much background info, not enough, or just the right amount?
For the BODY PARAGRAPHS, answer each of the questions for each body paragraph:
- Looking at the first body paragraph, does it have a topic sentence that mirrors the thesis? Write it here:
- Does the topic sentence accurately forecast what the paragraph says? If yes, describe how. If no, describe what it needs.
- Does the paragraph have enough particulars to develop and support the topic sentence? If so, write the particulars below.
For TRANSITIONS BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS, answer the following:
- Do you see transition words between paragraphs? If so, circle them, and note them below. Do they do their job? Are transition words varied?
For CONCLUSION, answer the following:
- Does the conclusion refrain from introducing new material?
- Does the conclusion do a good job of bringing the reader back from detailed exploration to the big picture?
- Does the author offer a larger implication of this pop culture issue?
- Does the author restate the thesis in a creative, unique way or is it just a restating of the thesis?
- After reading, are you left with a sense of something new? Some food for thought that you might otherwise not have thought about? If yes, describe it. If no, suggest a way for the author to improve.