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Ap Literature Peer Review Worksheet For Argumentative Essay


Literary Analysis Peer Commentary Questions

(adapted from Analyzing Literature: A Guide for Students, by Sharon James McGee)


Writer's Name:


Reviewer's Name:


1.    Read through the draft once for a first impression.  What is your overall impression of this draft after your initial reading?




2.    Now read the text again more slowly.  In your own words, summarize the author's main claim.  Does the author "prove" his/her point by the end of the essay?  Is this claim reasonable and logical given your understanding of the original literary text?  Explain.  Does the claim seem unfounded or completely off base?  If so, why?




3.    Does the writer use effective evidence from the story to support his/her claim?  Are there places where more evidence is needed to support the claim?  If so, note those places.  Has the writer used the evidence appropriately?  In other words, has the writer accurately reflected the text author's intent?  Have any quotes been taken out of context?  Does the writer provide sufficient context for the quoted material to make sense?




4.    Is the paper logically organized?  Do the points lead smoothly from one to the next?  Are there any big leaps of logic that the writer makes?  If so, where are they?




5.    Has the writer integrated quotes into the text appropriately?  If not, note spots where the writer needs to do more.




6.    Did the writer strike an effective balance between providing context for the evidence and plot summary?  (Remember, an effective literary analysis does not rely on plot summary.)




7.    Has the writer followed MLA documentation appropriately?




8.    What suggestions do you have for this writer to improve the literary analysis?






            Before revising your literary analysis, reflect on your essay now that you've had some distance from it.  What do you think is the strongest part of your literary analysis?  Why?  What do you think is the weakest part?  Why?  Think about your claim: Is it reasonable and logical?  Are you making a point you believe in or are you just trying to fulfill the assignment?  Are you making the argument you want to make?  If not, how can you revise your claim to reflect this new idea?



Consider the following points as you revise:

            Is your claim clearly understood by your readers?  How can you make your claim clearer?


            Is your essay organized logically?  Are your points connected with strong transitions to help your reader follow your argument?


            Do you use sufficient evidence to support your claim?  Do you need more evidence?


            Have you integrated your quoted material smoothly into the text? 


            Did you follow proper MLA format?


            Read your essay aloud.  Are there any sentences that seem difficult to get through or confusing?

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Author of the draft _________________________ Reader ­­­­­­­_________________________


Author: write here what you would most like the reader to think about as he or she reads your draft:


Reader: respond honestly and tactfully to the following questions. What comments do you have that will help the writer compose a better next draft? Read through the draft once and answer below.


What do you like most about the draft? What has the writer done well?



Underline on the paper what you think the thesis is. Is it clear from the thesis what the author intends to argue? Is the thesis too simple or too complex? Suggestions:




What is the best or most interesting point the author has made? Why? Suggestions:




What is the weakest or least successful point? Why? Suggestions:



Does each paragraph have a clear focus? Does the initial sentences launch each paragraph in some way? Is there sufficient analysis and evidence in each paragraph? Mark on the paper suggestions for paragraph revision.



Does the writer use sufficient evidence for all claims? Does the writer show the relationship between the evidence and the argument? Suggestions:



How well has the author responded to the assignment? Suggestions:



What do you think are the most important concerns that the writer needs to address?



What other suggestions do you have for revision? Be sure to address the author's concern(s) noted at the top of this form.



Mark on the paper any obvious errors you see in the draft: diction, punctuation,

expression, …

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