Structuring Peer Critique Workshops

Peer critique workshops are a central component of both GE Writing Intensive courses and WritingProficiency classes in majors because they teach students to critically analyze their own and others' writing, motivate substantial revision and active learning, build community in the classroom, and model the collaborative nature of much workplace writing. 

The suggestions you see below could take as little as one or two class periods, and could be adapted for classes of various sizes and configurations.

Peer response will never be a substitute for the focused, contextual commentary that a disciplinary expert can provide.  But it's an important element in teaching students to become more cognizant of their writing processes in different domains and to assert more control over them.

SETTING UP PEER RESPONSE SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

TEACH STUDENTS TO FOCUS THEIR PEER CRITIQUES

USE PEER RESPONSE STRATEGICALLY

OTHER RESOURCES ON PEER WORKSHOPS

  1. Peer Review (University of Hawaii-Manoa)
  2. How can I get the most out of peer review? (The WACClearinghouse)
  3. One format for peer response cycles (Western Washington University)
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