ACTIVITY: Banned Books Essay Peer Critique (Writing Process)
Project: Banned In America!!!
To have students peer review each other's paragraphs for the banned books essay and improve their writing for the banned books essay.
Duration: 75 minutes
Assessments: Student writing
1. We first displayed the PowerPoint, "Banned Books Essay Paragraph Critique" and went over instructions on the protocol for peer editing. Also, we went over the essay requirements once again, which was on the PowerPoint, to ensure that students were clear about the requirements.
2. We passed out the handout, "Banned Books Peer Review" and went over the directions.
3. We paired the students up and asked them to read each other's paragraphs and being editing.
(e.g. rubrics, examplars, websites, etc.)
PowerPoint - Banned Books Essay Paragraph Critique
REFLECTIONS & COMMENTS
This was a good approach to get students to read each other's draft paragraphs for their essays. It allowed them to see where their writing stood compared to their peers. One set back was how some students did not have their paragraphs ready. So instead of letting them partake in the peer review session, it would be best to have them finish their draft paragraphs and have them come in after school or lunch for their own separate peer review session.
ALL PROJECT ACTIVITIES
- Island Trees Union Free School District v. Pico Case Study (Background)
- Banned Children's Books (Background)
- Banned Books Introduction (Background)
- Turkish Author on Trial (Background)
- Banned Books Reading Process Project Description (Reading Process)
- Banned Books Discussion Circles (Reading Process)
- Banned Books Essay Paragraph Structure (Writing Process)
- Banned Books Essay Peer Critique (Writing Process)
- Mock Trial Project Description
- Mock Trial Organizational Chart/Court Scenes