Directions: Write your name at the top of a separate sheet of paper. On one side, list â€œReader Response,â€� and on the other â€œReading for Focus and Development,â€� depending on which reading task you did for Part II.
PART I Responding as a Reader
Read through the writerâ€™s draft, noting in the margins any questions that occur to you. Do NOT proofread for grammar, etc. Thatâ€™s not your job. When finished reading, offer a written response detailing what you like about the paper and any suggestions you would offer based on your first read-through.
PART II Reading for Focus or Development
Choose to read either for focus or development. If you are a second reader, read for whichever purpose the first reader did not. Answer the following questions for â€œfocusâ€� or â€œdevelopmentâ€� on the opposite side of the paper as your reader response. Use an additional sheet if necessary.
Reading for Focus
Find the thesis paragraph/statements and rewrite it on the top of your response sheet.
Do a descriptive outline of the rest of the paper on the left-hand side (i.e., a list of each point made in the paper, remembering that a paragraph may make more than one point).
Which points in your descriptive outline have a connection back to the thesis? Write what that connection seems to be on the right-hand side.
Which points have no relation to the thesis that you can see? Mark these with a â€œ?â€� in the right-hand column.
Make recommendations about focus to the writer. Are there ways to revise the thesis to include the unrelated points in #5? Are they better off cutting those sections? Are the connections in #4 apparent to the reader, or should they write clearer transitions to make these connections obvious?
Reading for Development
Find the thesis paragraph/statements and recopy on your response sheet.
Break the thesis paragraph/statements down into sub-claims. That is, list each element which will need to be developed or proven in order for this paper to fulfill the â€œpromiseâ€� it makes to readers in the introductory sections. Number each sub-claim.
Read through the rest of the paper for where each claim gets developed. Mark the writerâ€™s draft in the margins with the number of which claim seems to be addressed where.
Look back through your markings and list all sub-claims in the thesis which do NOT get any development at all. Make suggestions about what needs to be added here and/or how the thesis might be revised so that these issues arenâ€™t expected to be addressed.
Look back through the sections marked. Does each receive adequate support/development? Which ones would you suggest adding more support to? Any ideas for that support?
Finally, look at the order of your markings and suggest any re-organization. Does #2 appear, for example, in three different places in the paper? Should these be moved/combined?