In-class Peer Review and Revision

In class on Wednesday 6/1 and Tuesday 6/2, we will spend a bit of time reviewing and revising your “To Reflect on Mockingbird” essays before submitting them for final evaluation and target scores. You can find the GoogleDoc of this peer review and revision plan here.

Learning Targets:

  • Make connections between and draw conclusions about a text and the social, cultural, and political situation of the time in which it was written and published.
  • Make connections between and draw conclusions about a text and the social, cultural, and political situation of the time in which it is currently being read.
  • Use and cite specific evidence and examples to support my ideas.
  • Apply vocabulary words to my own writing, demonstrating my knowledge of the nuances in word meanings.
  • Adhere to the 8th grade American Studies writing non-negotiables. (Dr. Walczak will not read and evaluate essays that do not meet the writing non-negotiables. Your essay will simply be returned to you, and you will not receive credit for any of the learning targets.)

NOTE: Because we are so close to the end of the school year…

  1. Late work will not be accepted.
  2. You will NOT have the opportunity to reassess this work. Ensure that you hit the learning targets on the draft you submit for evaluation.

You are one another’s last chance to review and revise your “To Reflect on Mockingbird” short essay before submitting it to me. Help one another; work together to ensure your work hits the learning targets! Remember, reassessment is not an option…

  • Does your partner’s essay answer the questions asked in the assignment sheet? If it does not, let them know what they need to do to answer the questions!
  • Does the essay have a clear claim? What is your partner arguing in their essay? With your partner, identify the claim and HIGHLIGHT IT IN YELLOW. Add a comment that says “CLAIM.”
  • Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence? With your partner, identify each topic sentence and HIGHLIGHT IT IN GREEN. Add a comment for each that says “TS.”
  • Does your partner include specific evidence and examples? Are sources credible and unbiased? Are quotes accurately cited in MLA format? If not, help fix the issues. You can find help here. If your partner uses outside resources, make sure they have a Works Cited page.
  • Does your partner use vocabulary words seamlessly and successfully? Make sure every vocabulary word is bolded, highlighted, or underlined.
  • Does your partner meet all the writing non-negotiables? If you have any questions about grammar, mechanics, or conventions, please ask! You can also see the Conventions webpage for help.

Complete a rubric for your partner’s essay. When you are done with your partner’s essay, write the following on their rubric and sign your name to it:


Writing Non-Negotiables for 8th grade American Studies

Dr. Walczak and Mr. Taft will provide feedback or assess writing ONLY if the follow non-negotiables are met.

Check your notes and various writing resources on Dr. Walczak’s website for help.

Please use a checkmark or an X to indicate you’ve done the following:

  • Used correct capitalization throughout your writing
    • All proper nouns
    • The pronoun “I”
    • The first letter at the beginning of a sentence
    • In titles as required
    • In abbreviations as required
  • Used correct end punctuation
    • A period at the end of a declarative sentence
    • An exclamation point at the end of an exclamatory sentence
    • A question mark at the end of an interrogative sentence
  • Indented each paragraph in your writing
  • Followed the rules of spelling
    • You’ve checked every word underlined in red
  • Eliminated “text language” or non-standard abbreviations (cause/cuz, lol, u, I, r, ur, ima, 2, gonna, wanna, etc.)
  • Employed proper usage of the following homonyms
    • To, two, too
    • Were, where, wear, we’re
    • There, their, they’re
    • Your, you’re
    • Our, are
  • Used commas and semicolons correctly
  • Written complete sentences
  • Punctuated quotations and dialogue correctly, to the best of your ability
  • Cited quotations in MLA format, to the best of your ability
  • Punctuated titles properly with either italics or quotation marks
    • Books, magazines, newspapers, albums, websites in italics
    • Short stories, poems, articles, songs, webpages in quotation marks