Peer Review Guidelines for Short Paper 1


A. Read the paper in full one time without stopping to ask for clarification. Respond as a reader in the author’s target audience (not as if you were going to grade it). This means that you might:

• Note where you had to reread a sentence (this often means the sentence is worded in a confusing way)

• Note elements of the paper that seemed distracting to you as you were trying to follow the author’s main point and decide whether or not you agree with it

• Note sentences and paragraphs that seemed especially convincing to you as key moments where the argument comes through most persuasively and clearly.

B. Write down what you take to be the author’s:

• Purpose (probably some version of “to convince detractors that x is not a bad TV show/video game/novel/film”)

• Audience (who the author wants to convince the work of fiction is not bad)

• Stance (what the argument is and why the author says that it matters).

C. Read through the paper again. Mark what you take to be the:

• Opening anecdote (exordium)

• Description of the reason for writing (narratio)

• Thesis (proposito)

• Analysis of the positive aspects of the work of fiction (partitio)

• Evidence offered as proof of the author’s claims (confirmatio)

• An acknowledgement of possible exceptions that anticipates likely arguments against the author’s case (reprehensio)

• A conclusion with an exhortation to take action (peroratio)

After you have collected your peer reviews, incorporate their suggestions into your paper. Explain how you have done so in the brief attached reflection you turn in with your paper.

Categories: Defending Society