ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
The Readerís Reaction: Criterion-Based
October 6, 2004
This week, we will use
criterion-based questions to examine another studentís piece
of writing. Students will work in pairs to learn valuable
skills in assessing a piece of writing.
According to Peter Elbow,
Criterion-Based Feedback, ď. . .is especially good for
revising.Ē This kind of feedback is familiar as it is more like
that given by teachers.
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 week.
A. What is the overall
quality of the content: the ideas, specifically?
1. Is the basic idea a good
one? Why do you think so?
2. Is it supported by
evidence and examples? What is the ratio of example to
generalization? How well supported is each paragraph?
B. How well is
the writing organized?
1. Is the essay unified,
with one central idea?
2. Are the parts logical?
Comment on the beginning (introduction), the middle (body), and
end. How well does each part work?
C: How effective is the
language? Are there mistakes in grammar, usage, spelling etc.?
Make an overall comment and list a few more serious errors here.
Sheet done by:
Index of Fall 2004 Lessons
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