In this assignment students are asked to offer a critique one of her/his fellow classmate’s papers.
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- The instructor will assign the paper you are to review.
- The assignment is meant to allow students to learn about another topic, to appreciate her/his peer’s methods of formulating their essay, and to critically assess where it may be lacking.
- You can use the grading rubric from Research Paper – Part 5: Final Draft and Submission, specifically the “activity / competencies demonstrated” column, as a partial guide to categories of evaluation.
- Your evaluation is to be submitted to your instructor only, and is not to be shared with your classmate or anyone else. By ensuring that the evaluation remains private between you and your instructor, candour should be ensured. Your classmate’s paper will have been graded prior to you submitting your evaluation, and what you write has no bearing on your classmate’s grade.
- Keep in mind that it is the paper that you are to objectively evaluate, and not the author, whose name may or may not be removed (it is their choice when they submit their paper) before you get the paper in any case. All of the insights and opinions that you offer in your Peer’s Paper Evaluation are to exhibit the same high standards for objectivity as was required for essays
- Finally, when scholars use the term ‘critique’ or “critical evaluation” – what your Peer’s Paper Evaluation is to be – this does not mean that your evaluation is meant to be ‘critical’ in the common pejorative sense of the word. What it means is that you need to use what you write to explore the findings and arguments of your fellow-student’s paper. As in the writing of your own essay, you will be asking the questions, “is this true”, “is this proven”, and “what other things should be considered?”
- Your peer review should be 1,000 words (+/- 100 words) formally written following APA format. Do not count any reference citations you may use in your word count.