“I will have matched you up with a partner. You will see your partner in the announcement I sent out through Canvas. Once you see who your partner is, find his or her post, download the rough draft, and make comments on it. You can use the insert comment function on Word, or you can simply write your comments in red.”
-Once you are done commenting, go onto the next page (add a new page to the writer’s essay) and answer the following questions:
- Does the author present the issue in his or her introduction? Is the attention grabber/hook effective? Is the background information sufficient? (If the reader had not read the articles or seen the TED talks)
- Does the writer introduce the articles’ names, the authors’ names and the main point/argument of each article or TED Talk, somewhere in the introduction or in the body paragraphs? (Introduce only the sources you will be using). Is this information sufficient for you to understand the sources?
- Does the thesis focus on the author’s own relationship with writing and their two sources? Is the author’s opinion clearly stated? Are you clear on his or her position from the start?
- Does the writer support each of his or her claims with quotes from the articles or the TED Talks, or SPECIFIC examples from his or her own personal life? Are the examples vivid and specific rather than general? (The I in PIE format.)
- Does the writer explain why he or she chose this particular example? Does the explanation connect back to the thesis? Is there an explanation/analysis after each example? (The E in PIE format.)
- Are all examples from the articles cited properly with in-text citation? Is the paper formatted in MLA style? Is there a works cited page in the end?
- Does the writer have a conclusion that restates the thesis and gives a final thought?
- Mark your favorite line. Why is it your favorite?