Questions to Ask about the Qualities of an Essay
When doing a peer-review response to a piece of writing, one way to focus it is by answering a set of questions about the qualities of an essay. Such qualities would be:
- Is there a clearly stated purpose/objective?
- Are there effective transitions?
- Are the introduction and conclusion focused on the main point of the essay?
- As a reader, can you easily follow the writer's flow of ideas?
- Is each paragraph focused on a single idea?
- At any point in the essay, do you feel lost or confused?
- Do any of the ideas/paragraphs seem out of order, too early or too late to be as effective as they could?
Development and Support
- Is each main point/idea made by the writer clearly developed and explained?
- Is the support/evidence for each point/idea persuasive and appropriate?
- Is the connection between the support/evidence, main point/idea, and the overall point of the essay made clear?
- Is all evidence adequately cited?
- Are the topic and tone of the essay appropriate for the audience?
- Are the sentences and word choices varied?
Grammar and Mechanics
- Does the writer use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling?
- Are there any issues with any of these elements that make the writing unreadable or confusing?
Revision Strategy Suggestions
- What are two or three main revision suggestions that you have for the writer?