Due Today: Rough Draft for Peer Review

The way I think of the report is as describing a larger conversation. You are presenting a conversation from multiple perspectives, which is why we are using at least five sources.

Using Sources

What are the ways you can use sources in your report?

  • Explain
  • Provide information
  • Examples
  • Credibility
  • Quotes
  • Research data
  • Ideas!

Paraphrase v Summary v Quoting

Students are normally accused of plagiarism when the are trying to paraphrase. It is usually by mistake. In order to avoid plagiarism, here are some tips:

  1. Take notes
  2. Annotate Sources
  3. Make sure you cite
  4. Save multiple drafts


Essay Structure

Organizing is important so that readers can follow along.

  1. Introduction to topic
    1. thesis
    2. intro the conversation
    3. hook
    4. who cares
  2. Background
    1. Background
    2. the conversation until now
  3. Sub point 1
    1. Clear topic sentence
    2. Summary of point
    3. support of point
    4. anything else we need?
    5. transition
  4. sub point 2
  5. sub point 3
  6. sub point 4
  7. sub point 5
  8. Counterarguments
    1. Include other perspectives.
    2. What should we know about the topic that is controversial?
    3. Who disagrees?
    4. What is not being included?
  9. Conclusion
    1. Put it together
    2. So What?

Peer Workshop


How would you like someone to work with you on your paper?

Peer edit the same way you revise your own work. Work on the global, higher order concerns, first.

Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities. Point to places in the text where you notice something. Don’t say organization is confusing, show them where it is confusing.

Use clear sentences and thoughts when commenting. Don’t just say awkward, explain what it is you find awkward.

Offer suggestions for improvement. Don’t just criticize, offer suggestions for revision.

Praise what is good in the paper. What is working well? What did you like?

Keep comments tactful. Treat another’s work the way you would like yours to be treated.

Revise Report

We spent time and effort trying to help each other with the report. Now use the feedback to improve your report! Make the changes to your report and move to draft 2. Save it as a new file, so that you can see the process you go through in writing.

Checklist for Report

  • Presents information, i.e. Not opinionated
  • Using reliable sources
  • Proper MLA
  • Objective, non-biased
  • Information is clear and well-structured
  • Works Cited
  • 1000+ Words

Quick Write

What changes are you going to make to your draft and why?