Post-Peer Response Activities for Students

Helping students read, consider, and incorporate feedback is a crucial but often overlooked step in the peer response process. Below we provide several strategies you could assign for this important part of the process. To underscore that you value this work and to encourage students to take it seriously, assign some credit for completing it (e.g., a few points, complete/incomplete, or check/check plus/check minus).

Example 1: Revision Plan

  • After the peer response, ask students to write a brief revision plan reflecting on what they learned from the feedback and how they plan to revise their paper:
  • Evaluate your peers’ feedback and make choices based on your own vision for the paper. 
      • Your job as a writer is not to take and incorporate every piece of feedback, but to sift through feedback and make informed choices about what and how to revise, based on your understanding of your audience and what you are trying to say
      • You know what you are trying to communicate; your peers’ responses to your writing can indicate how well you did that.
      • The feedback may also help you consider other directions you could take your paper that you didn’t consider before.
  • Reflect on what you did well in the paper and what you could work on.
  • Write a paragraph or two about what you will revise and when.
  • Send a copy of that note to your instructor.
  • Consider making an appointment at the HWC to help you think more clearly about how and what to revise.

Example 2: Reflecting on Feedback

  • Ask students to write reflective posts to Canvas discussion forums (and/or in a note to you) that include:
    • Something in a peer’s draft they want to emulate
    • Something a peer suggested about their own draft that they want to change/do and why they think it will improve the draft.

Example 3: Revision Cover Letter with Revised Draft

  • Require students to write a short “cover letter” to include at the top of their revised draft before turning it in to you. Some possible questions include:
    • What feedback did you use from peer response and how did that affect the writing?
    • What feedback did you disregard and why?
    • What would you continue to work on or revise if you had more time?
    • What did you do well in this paper?
    • Are there places in the draft where you want me to provide feedback?
    • What did you think of the peer response process?