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Peer Edit With Perfection: Effective Strategies
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 45-minute sessions|
Do students' eyes glaze over when they try to edit their own writing? Give them a fresh perspective with peer editing. Students are introduced to a three-step strategy for peer editing, providing (1) compliments, (2) suggestions, and (3) corrections in response to a sample of student writing. They practice these steps in a small-group session and share the results with the class. Then they move to individual editing practice guided by a PowerPoint tutorial and accompanying worksheet. This series of practice activities prepares students to engage in constructive peer editing of classmates’ written work on a regular basis.
- Peer Edit with Perfection! tutorial: Individual students can use the Peer Edit with Perfection! tutorial for a step-by-step practice session on peer editing strategies
- Peer Edit with Perfection! worksheet: The accompanying worksheet provides more practice with the Peer Edit with Perfection! tutorial.
Peterson, S. (Ed.). (2003). Untangling some knots in K–8 writing instruction. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
- Writing and revising in the classroom often involves peer discussion, whether in a one-to-one or group setting.
- Editing is an arduous and unwelcome task for many students; peer editing can improve students' interest in and enthusiasm for the revision stage of the writing process.
Tompkins, G.E. (2003). Teaching writing: Balancing process and product (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.