PEARSON ADULT LEARNING
Finding a Reader's Reaction: Reader-Based Questions
March 17 and 18, 2004
This week, we will use reader-based questions to examine another
student’s piece of writing. Students will work in pairs to learn
valuable skills in assessing a piece of writing.
According to Peter Elbow, “Reader-based feedback gives you the main
thing you need to improve your writing: the experience of what it felt
like for readers as they were reading your words.” Knowing what
readers feel as they read your words is invaluable (and a bit
Go through the questions on the attached sheet one by one and
answer each one in full sentences as required. If you and your partner
disagree at any point then both students should write a response
(label separate responses with your name, please).
Revise your piece according to the feedback given by the other
students in class today. Attach your original essay, the feedback
sheet you received, and your revised copy and bring to class next
Read only one half of the student writing (Cover and read the
title, introduction and first body paragraph) then STOP.
1. What were your feelings as you read? Write two or three
2. Which words or phrases are memorable? Write them down below and
comment in full sentences.
3. What has been said so far? Write a brief summary of two
sentences. What do you expect to read in the rest of this piece? Write
two or three sentences.
Now read the final one half of the student writing.
4. What is the most important thing about this piece of writing?
Write two sentences to explain.
5. Describe the ending of the piece. Compare the ending to saying
good-bye to someone. Was it gentle, abrupt or ?
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