Lesson objective(s): To allow peer feedback on research papers
Total estimated time: I’ll initially (officially) allocate 30 minutes per paper—15 to read and comment, 15 to discuss. I’ll monitor to make sure they stay on task. However, if students aren’t done with the discussion in that time, I’ll tack on another 5 minutes or so. I normally do 45-50 minute workshops when they are full-class, but it’s harder with small groups.
Students will have a draft of their papers due before the actual due date and will be able to revise.
Students will be able to use what they’ve learned to critique their peers’ work.
Students can engage with the work their peers are doing.
Course work or assignment underway:
The research paper, of course. This will be close to the paper’s due date.
Work and/or reading completed before class:
A draft of the final research paper is required for this activity.
Students will be required to create a list of at least three questions they have about their paper or places where they are having difficulty.
(If possible: I’ll see if I can get one or two volunteers for a whole-class draft workshop in order to model the process for students.)
Sequence of Classroom Activities
Students will be split into groups of four. This activity will take place over four days. Two students’ papers will be workshopped each day, with students changing groups between weeks.
The students whose papers are being workshopped in each class will provide the list of questions and the draft.
Students will read the questions first and then the paper. They will be asked to lightly annotate the paper to show which parts they find important to the author’s questions.
They will be provided with a worksheet on which they can record the questions and jot down some suggestions for the author regarding each question. (This provides a record for the author, and also strongly suggests to students that they should take this exercise seriously.)
After reading each proposal and writing down responses to the author’s questions, the small groups will discuss the papers and see whether they came up with the same answers, and also whether they noticed anything else they would like to discuss with the author.
When I am ready to call a halt, they will switch to the other paper.