Write your peer critique on a separate page. At the top of the page place the author’s name and your own name as shown:
Author’s name: ____________________
Peer Reviewer’s name: ____________________
I. Read the draft at normal speed from beginning to end. As you read, draw a wavy line under sentences or phrases that might cause a reader to stumble, and make a check mark in the margins next to any passages you find especially strong or interesting. Mark any problems you notice with grammar, spelling, or punctuation.
II. Read the draft again slowly and respond to the following with brief, specific explanations on a separate page.
- Summarize the essay in one or two sentences.
- Make an outline of the essay’s organization.
- Identify the central conflict of the essay (conflict of self, conflict of perception, conflict of values). Explain how the essay presents this conflict.
- Which of the six autobiographical essays we have read (“Shooting an Elephant,” “University Days,” “Once More to the Lake,” “Salvation,” “A Victim” or “Coming Home Again”) does this essay most resemble and why?
III. List at least three major strong points and three major weak areas of the draft.