- Print three copies of a mostly completed draft.
- Group together with two peers from your class. Exchange contact information.
- Decide on a time and place to meet. If not the classroom, consider a commons area on campus or a local coffeehouse.
- When you meet, bring your printed drafts, pens (preferably different colors), and highlighters.
- Exchange papers with one another, making sure everyone has a copy of each draft. In a group of three, each person will review two drafts.
Round Robin Peer Review
The goal of this activity is to conduct peer reviews in “rounds.” Follow these steps, and then repeat until everyone has had her or his draft read, reviewed, and discussed.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes.
- Choose whose draft will be addressed first. This means, both the other people in the group need to focus on the same draft during this round. The person whose draft is being addressed reads one of the other two drafts.
- When 15 minutes have passed, check with each group member to see if more time is needed to complete the review. If more time is needed, set the timer again for the agreed upon time.
- Now, reviewers should take turns discussing their feedback. The person whose work is being reviewed should take notes even though the reviewers will have provided written comments. Sometimes the way we hear feedback differs from the way we read feedback and can, therefore, be productive in different ways.
- The feedback session should be conversational and promote dialogue. For example, the person whose draft is being discussed should feel free to respond to what is being said at any given point in the conversation.
- When the feedback has been discussed, allow a minute or two for questions and/or clarifications from the writer whose work was reviewed.
- Repeat the above steps for each person in the group. Note: At some point, depending on how many people are in the group, a back-to-back discussion will take place as all drafts will have been read.
- Share-out: Post a reflection of your experience in the comments; specifically discuss what changes you will make based on the feedback you received.
Questions for Round Robin Peer Review
- What did you like about the draft? How/why did you like it? How might the author build on that section?
- What sections are confusing to you? How/why? Ask your classmates questions that would help you to make sense of the section.
- Do you have any unanswered questions after you finished reading the draft? What are they?
- Where would you like to know more?
- Does the draft provide meet all the expectations stated in the assignment prompt? If not, what is it missing?
- Are there parts of the draft that might be better moved to a different place within the draft? If so, make a suggestion for how the content might be better organized.
- What parts of the draft work best and why?
- If you were responsible for revising a portion of this draft, which section would you revise and why?
Note: Peer reviewers should make detailed notes directly on drafts in response to the questions above. Place comments as close to the portion of the draft to which you are responding but also feel free to use the back of pages to comment on larger issues.