PSU CS 669 Scholarship Skills,
One-page Summary — Peer Review
What can you usefully do in your peer review? I
suggest that you first study the grading rubric
that will be used for the final version of the one-page summary
paper. It is outlined below.
- Conciseness (18)
- Clarity and simplicity (18)
- Core Rules (24)
- Use active voice
- Put key ideas in lead positions
- Don't make unsubstantiated statements
- Use a consistent lexical set
- Define terms when first used
- Avoid single-sentence paragraphs
- Mechanics (15)
- Grammar (16)
- Bibliography Format (4)
For each part of the rubric, can you
- find a part of the paper that satisfies the rubric? If so,
draw a blue box around it and label it with the rubric number.
- find a part of the paper that violates the rubric? If so draw
a red box around it, label it with the rubric number, and
explain why you think it fails to measure up.
Beyond the rubric, it is often hard for an author to see the
structire of their own writing through the words. As a
reviewer, you can comment on the structure of the summary. Was it
organized in a way that made it the summary easy to read? Do you
have suggestions for restructuring the summary? Should parts of
the text be:
- Reorganized into bulleted lists?
- Strengthened by adding additional evidence or discussion?
- Clarified by removing extraneous or irrelevant material?
List the 3 best things about the summary. Be specific: explain
why you found these things useful.
In your opinion, what items constitute the weakest part of the
summary? Be specific, and suggest 2 ways that the author could
strengthen these items.
Here are some other things that you might look for and comment
- Good use of quotations.
- A bibliography.
- Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
- Original and interesting to the reader. Does the author of the
summary tell the reader what she thinks, rather than just
repeating the facts?
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