BG Peer Critique Letter
To strengthen your own critical reading skills (which will help you analyze and revise your own working drafts) and to provide the response of an informed and concerned reader to your classmate (which will help her/him revise the working draft), you will be writing critique letters to your assigned peer critique group partner for papers 1,2, 4, and 5. Your critique letter will respond to, analyze, praise, and make suggestions for revision for the working draft of the assignment.

To critique means to provide a careful and exact evaluation or commentary of an object. Therefore, before you can write your critique, you must study the object carefully. For the working drafts this means that you should consider the following:

After you have carefully assessed the working draft on these points, you are ready to write your critique letter. Keep in mind that this is a letter to the writer, not to or for me; therefore, write directly to the student author.

As a critique, the purpose of the letter is to give the writer responses, advice, and criticism that will help her/him revise the essay. Therefore, your critique letter must be

In the common parlance meaning of the word, we tend to think of criticism as pointing out faults, failings, and negative features. However, this is only one dimension of criticism. Criticism also includes simply making the writer aware of what he/she has said; thus, you may want to summarize or paraphrase parts of the draft. Most importantly, criticism includes praise. If the writer does something you like, let her/him know that.

Writing a critique letter requires time, thought, and care. You will need to plan your letter, write a draft, and revise it. Your finished critique letter should be approximately two (2) typed pages. Please post your critique letter on the Discussion Forum as a REPLY to the Posting of your partner's draft.

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