Peer Editing Techniques

Peer Feedback Procedure

As you review your partner's writing, follow the steps below to provide a quality peer review:

Step One: Use these two techniques:

Technique One: Elbowing Procedures: These question stems, as designed by Peter Elbow, elicit quality, usable and positive feedback for writers. The key is to follow the question stems exactly. Frame your feedback in the following ways:

“I heard…” This is where you summarize the information and details that you heard. Your goal is to give the writer a sense of what’s coming across in the writing.

“I liked…” Point out words, themes, ideas and moments that work well.

“I wondered…” This is where you are looking for something more, or something is unclear. You can also use:
“I had a question about…”
“I was looking for an example of…”

Technique Two: The PQP Method of Responding to Writing: Write 1-3 paragraphs, answering these questions after you read your partners paper. Remember you are there to help them and make them feel good about their writing at the same time. Be positive and offer advice.

P (Praise)
What do you like about the paper?
Q (Question)
What questions do you have about the paper?
P (Polish)
What kinds of polishing do you feel the paper needs before it can be published?

Step Two: Answer these questions:

  • What is the story about? – tell In your own words, write what you think is the author's purpose.
  • Does the writing flow smoothly or does it have a choppy feel to it?
  • Does the writer make good transitions from one part of the story to the next? Does the ending make sense