Being a Good Reader Reviewer WSU ENGLISH Guinot Varty
What You Already Know • What kinds of feedback on writing do you find especially helpful? Not helpful? • Why are these kinds of feedback helpful (or not)? That is, what do they help you to improve?
Possible Feedback (extremes) This isn’t very good. There’s a lot of spelling mistakes. It sucks. You know…you should really throw this out and start over. That’s Wonderful!!! Don’t change a thing! It’s really great, and you should frame it! OPTION 1 OPTION 2
Why We Value Peer Review • We get to test our writing • How does a real audience read it? • We get to learn something • Provides constructive, useful feedback for revision • We get to verbalize our ideas • Allows writers to clarify meaning; allows readers to articulate ideas about the writing that they can take back to their own work
What You Can Do as a Peer Reviewer: • Consider the writer’s communications to you • Read generously, supportively, and with specific suggestions for development. • If you are uncertain about a grammatical issue, just mark it with a question—don’t feel like you need to “correct” it! • Read through the entire piece with careful attention. It’s just basic respect! • Consider Levels of Concern
Levels of Concern Higher Order Concerns (HOCs) • Purpose/ Message • Audience • Rhetor's ethos (come across credibly? Why or why not?) • Genre conventions and strategies Middle Order Concerns (MOCs) • Evidence and examples • Organization and flow (paragraphs) • Transitions • Voice, style Lower Order Concerns (LOCs) • Conventional sentence structure (“grammar”) • Conventional punctuation • Citation format • Standard spelling
Strategies for Responding Try: • What I thought about while reading was… • As a reader, I ______ (am confused, like this, wonder about, etc.) • What I liked most about it was _____, BECAUSE… • You can develop ___ by ___... • A helpful suggestion might be to… • Probative questions • What would happen if ________? • Can you explain/clarify/support with more evidence?
Remember What’s Not Helpful This isn’t very good. There’s a lot of spelling mistakes. It sucks. You know…you should really throw this out and start over. That’s Wonderful!!! Don’t change a thing! It’s really great, and you should frame it! OPTION 1 OPTION 2