Rubric on Peer Editing
Read the essay through one time without interruption, and then re-read the essay more closely, answering the following questions and concentrating on those that seem most relevant.
1. Is the introduction well developed?
2. Does it engage the reader and create interest?
3. Does it provide sufficient context for the literature before jumping into specific texts or authors?
4. Does it offer a thesis/argument at the end of the introduction which is clear and focused?
5. In a nutshell, what is the authorís topic?
6. In a nutshell, what is the authorís thesis or argument about that topic?
7. Does the focus of the conclusion match the focus of the introduction?
8. Is the authorís thesis hiding out in the conclusion rather than announced from the outset in the introduction?
9. Does the conclusion survey the argument without needless repetition?
10. Does the conclusion help to wrap up the topic, to show its larger implications or applications?
B. Body Paragraphs
11. Are there at least three clearly defined main points addressed in the body of the essay?
12. Do each of these main points have a single paragraph devoted to it, or are these topics broached at different points in different paragraphs in no particular order?
13. Are the body paragraphs coherent, free of irrelevant side notes or tangents?
14. Might any of these tangents be developed into new paragraphs of interest?
15. Are the supporting examples for the main points concrete and detailed?
16. Are there any claims that require more supporting quotes from the research or primary text?
17. Are the outside critics dealt with critically?
18. Are the quotations clearly explicated before the author moves on to a new point?
19. Is the authorís point-of-view consistent and effective throughout the essay?
20. Are the main points addressed in a logical order or should some paragraphs come earlier and others later?
21. Are there effective transitions between the paragraphs and ideas?†
22. Are there points when you feel the author is making assumptions or has other ideas in mind that might seem obvious to him or her but need clarification for the reader?
C. Local Revisions
23. Which three mechanical or grammatical concerns should this author most take into account while revising?
24. Are the sentences varied? †Do some expressions or sentence structures repeat continually?
25. Is the writing is smooth, skillful, and concise?
26. Is the diction is consistent, academic, and well chosen?†
27. Are there sentence fragments or run-on sentences?† Are sentences punctuated appropriately?
28. Are there any ďfloating quotations,Ē or in other words, quotations included without being introduced, explicated, and discussed within the same sentence? †Are the quotations nestled into the authorís own words and argument?
29. Is the literature, criticism, and even historical context written about in the present tense?
30. Is the essay documented in MLA format?†
31. Might the author inadvertently be guilty of plagiarism?† Does any passage seem to come from another text, although not put in quotation marks and cited?
32. Does the essay have parenthetical citations with the last name of the author and the page number of the citation?
33. Does the essay have a Works Cited page with all of the texts that were cited listed (and no others) and formatted according to convention?