On your computer, open the following tabs on a browser:
- Your partner’s article
- This page (the peer review prompt)
- A new post. Title your post: (Your name)’s Review of (your partner’s name)’s magazine article. Keep this post in “edit” mode for the duration of Parts I – III of the workshop; you’ll be writing your impression of your partner’s article into this post.
Copy and paste the questions below into the new blog post easily between the article and what you need to write about it. For this particular peer review exercise, you will not be taking turns. Rather, you will be reading each other’s work at the same time, taking notes in your open blog post, and discussing your findings at the end of the session.
Part I: First Impressions (15 Minutes)
Part II: Reading with Media (20 minutes)
- Do they complement the writing?
- Has the author effectively used the caption function to explain the image or present additional writing on the subject?
- Has the author been thoughtful about image size and the placement of the image within the post?
- Does the post have a “featured image” (i.e. an image at the top of the post)?
- Does the author use various elements of our WordPress theme (such as quotations, chapter headings)? Are they well incorporated into the piece? Do they, in your view enhance or detract from the reading experience. If they can be improved, what advice would you give to your author?
- Has the author properly introduced the media so the reader knows what to expect from it, or understand how to use it?
- Does the author refer to the media afterwards? Does s/he analyze the media, summarize it, or draw the reader’s attention to particular aspects of it? If so, is the author’s approach effective? Explain how their analysis and/or summary of the media might be improved.
- Does the media enhance your experience of the author’s topic? If so, how? If not, how does the media distract you? In either case, highlight what you liked about the media and how might be improved.
- If the reader interacts with the media by clicking “play”, then consider the following:
- Is the media an appropriate length? (Did it go by too quickly or slowly?)
- If there is sound, is it of good quality?
Part III: The Devil’s in the Details (15 minutes)
- Read your partner’s piece once more, this time looking for paragraphs and sentences that do not cohere. Does the author have a clear point for each paragraph?
- Are there sentences that are too long, or that do not make sense?
- Does the author make good use of evidence (quotes, references)?
Copy and paste examples into your post (including paragraphs), asking your author specific questions about these problematic sentences or passages. Offer advice on how to fix them where possible.
Part IV: Let’s have a chat (20 Minutes)
- your peer review of your partner’s article
- your partner’s peer review of your article
- and a link to your own draft.
You will be referring to your note for your homework, which is available in the homework notebook in Evernote.