Product Evaluation Essay: Peer-Review Activity- 2012 Workshop

(Sample Provided for 2012 Composition Symposium)

 

  1. After reading the introduction to this essay, circle all statements below that apply to what you just read:

Effective Traits

Ineffective Traits

  • The introduction makes me want to continue reading the rest of the essay.
  • The introduction assumes that the audience already knows why the writer wants or needs the product.
  • The introduction adequately explains why the writer wants or needs the product.
  • The introduction fails to provide enough background information on the product and the options being evaluated.
  • The introduction provides some background information on the product and the options being evaluated.
  • The introduction either doesn’t contain a clear thesis or the thesis is too vague.
  • The introduction contains a clear thesis that states the writer’s criteria being used to make their evaluation.
  • After reading the introduction, I don’t feel interested in reading the rest of the essay.

 

  1. After reading the body paragraphs, name one supporting detail that could use more elaboration.  Perhaps the writer needs to include more explanation about the importance of a certain criterion, or maybe they need to develop their description of an important aspect of one of their options.  Be sure to explain your suggestion verbally to your peer in addition to any notes made on this worksheet.

 

 

  1. After reading the conclusion, circle all statements below that apply to what you just read:

Effective Traits

Ineffective Traits

    • The conclusion re-emphasizes the thesis of the essay.
    • The conclusion fails to mention the thesis of the essay.
    • The conclusion feels thoughtfully written.
    • The conclusion feels rushed and incomplete.
    • The conclusion leaves me with a sense of understanding and satisfaction.
    • I still have questions about the story after reading the conclusion.
  1. Rate the overall readability of this essay. (1 being difficult to read because of grammatical and mechanical errors. 5 being completely free of grammatical and mechanical errors).  Circle a number.

1…2…3…4…5

 

  1. Make one specific suggestion for improving this essay.  Overall, what do they need to work on most before submitting the essay for grading?