Introduction

Myths and Realties

When Not to Respond

Designing Writing Assignments

Commenting: Margins and End

Commenting on Drafts

Rubrics

Helping Students Learn Editing

Helping Students Learn to Fix Errors

Overview of Rhetorical Context

Discipline Specific Resources


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Commenting on Drafts Rather Than Final Products

Commenting happens on drafts as well as on final products. The best commenting takes account of where students are in their drafting/revising process and is an opportunity to actively continue the teaching process. A combination of notes both in the margins and at the end of students' papers gives students both big-picture feedback about what works well in the paper and specific pointers about where to concentrate their attention as they proceed with the next draft or the next assignment.