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World Lit: Peer Editing!!


  • ELAGSE9-10W5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language Standards 1–3 up to and including grades 9–10.)

Learning Target: I can strengthen my writing by editing and revising with a partner, in order to make sure I have achieved the purpose of informing my audience about my social issue.

Opening Session: Today we’re going to be peer editing your social issue essays! Any edits you or your peer make will count as part of your final draft – as in, if you insert a comma or fix a typo, we will not count those as errors when grading your essay.

While Mrs. Jones passes back your printed essays and some markers, let’s go over these editing marks!

Work Session: Today you’re going to have the first 30 minutes of the work session to read and carefully edit your partner’s paper. You need to go through line by line and mark anything you see wrong or confusing. Read the paper out loud! Talk about it with your partner! Make comments as well as editing marks! Mrs. Jones, Ms. Hannah and I have not graded these yet, so this is your chance to make sure you have the best possible paper to turn in!

Here is your Peer Editing Checklist!

Social Issue Essay Peer Editing Checklist

Essay Author: ____________________ Edited by: ___________________

  • 12-point, Times New Roman, double spaced
  • MLA Heading (Student name, teacher name, class name, date)
  • Title
  • No extra space between paragraphs
  • Paragraphs are indented
  • Works Cited at the end
  • At least 2 sources cited in the paper and in the Works Cited
  • At least 4 quotes in the paper
  • You can identify the thesis statement (hint: last sentence of the first paragraph. Does it tell what the paper is going to be about?)
  • No contractions – write out words like “can’t” and “don’t” as “cannot” and “do not.”
  • Numbers should be written out in words (write “four” instead of “4”)
  • Check for capitalization errors (capitalize proper nouns, the beginning of a sentence, etc.)
  • Check for punctuation errors (period at the end of a sentence, commas in a list, etc.)
  • Check for word choice errors (your/you’re, too/to/two, their/there/they’re)
  • Check for spelling errors
  • Check for slang or “texting” abbreviations (b/c, u, ur, idk)
  • Underline and make a note about anything that confuses you.

After your partner has thoroughly edited your paper, you will have a chance to make your own changes and edits. Take the last 15 minutes of the work session to make your paper perfection!

Closing Session: Tomorrow we are going to be recording Flipgrid videos to give a mini-presentation of your social issue. Your video maxes out at 5 minutes, and you should use at least 3 of those minutes to explain your issue. Although you don’t want to just read your paper (booooor-ing!) you should use your paper as a guide to make sure you completely explain your social issue. Use the last few minutes of class to prep for Flipgrid, because we will be recording them tomorrow during class.

Assessment: Summative: Essays are a major grade

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, graphic organizers, checklists)

Lab Day 2, Essays Due!

(look at that, I’m a poet and don’t know it! or do I?)


  • ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I will finish writing my communism essay and peer edit a friend’s; I digitally turn in my essay.

Opening Session: An Editing Checklist to run through before you turn your paper in!

Work Session: Welcome to the lab for day 2! Today your goal is to finish typing your essay.

1st block: I’m going to give you the same timers you had yesterday so you can go through and systematically finish or edit each of your paragraphs:

  • 10 minutes for your introduction
  • 15 minutes for your first body paragraph
  • 15 minutes for your second body paragraph
  • 15 minutes for your third body paragraph…
  • …and the rest of class to work on a conclusion, a fourth body paragraph, or to revise your earlier paragraphs.

Honors: You guys should be more or less done with your essays, so you will do some peer editing. I want you to go on to our shared Google Drive folder, and open up a document that was uploaded by a friend in the class. This is important! You MUST turn on “Track Changes” in Word and use the Comment feature to peer edit!!! You are NOT supposed to just type over your friend’s essay. You need to make absolutely sure you’re using track changes and comments to do your editing!!

While you’re peer editing, I want you to check for the following things:

  • Is the essay written in the proper font and style (12 point Times New Roman double spaced, no extra spaces, no bold, italics only where needed)?
  • Is the MLA heading correct (Student Name, Teacher Name, Class Name, Date)?
  • Is there a centered title? No other formatting besides centering?
  • Indented paragraphs?
  • Does the author write in first person – I, me, me, you, us, we, our, your, etc.? If you find first person, suggest an alternate way to phrase things in a comment!
  • Does the author use contractions (don’t, can’t, won’t, etc.)? If you find any contractions, type out the complete words.
  • Are there any points in the essay where the author is unclear or drifts away from his or her main purpose? If so, put a comment on the paper and make a suggestion for fixing it.

At the end of class, make sure everything is saved and uploaded to Google Drive!

Closing Session: Essay Reflection TOTD – how did this essay go? What grade do you think you will get?

Assessment: Essays will be graded

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding questions); product (varied length as needed; quote requirements increased or decreased as needed).


Computer Lab Friday!

Welcome to lab 306, everyone!

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will be quizzed over their vocabulary words, then finish revising and turn in their Gilgameshays.

Activator: Rebellion!

Today we’re going to be quizzing over our vocab words – you need a total of 40 today – and then heading down to the lab to revise your rough drafts! This shouldn’t take too long, as all you really need to do is make the changes or corrections that were suggested by your peer editor yesterday. Here’s the checklist again, so that you can run through your draft yourself and double check:

  12-point, Times New Roman, double spaced

  MLA Heading (Student name, teacher name, class name, date)


  No extra space between paragraphs

  Paragraphs are indented

  Last name and page numbers in upper right corners

  No other formatting – no bold, no italics or underlining (except book or movie titles).

  No 1st person – the words I, you, we, our, us, your, etc. should NOT be used!

  No contractions – write out words like “can’t” and “don’t” as “cannot” and “do not.”

  No informal language such as slang or shorthand (“u,” and the like)

  The last sentence of the first paragraph is a thesis statement (should say which two heroes are being compared.)

  The topic sentences of all paragraphs relate in some way to the thesis statement.

  The essay has a conclusion; it does not just end abruptly

   Appropriate length – Approximately 1.5 pages long if the formatting is otherwise correct.

  Every single sentence has been checked, is a complete sentence, and makes sense!

  The essay is not repetitive

And that’s the day today, everyone! I hope you guys have a good picture day, do really well on your essay, and have an awesome weekend! On Monday, we start our Rebellion unit, WOOOO!!!

Remember, if you owe me any make-up work, anything that was a Z or a grade you didn’t like on your last progress report, it’s DUE MONDAY! So if you have anything you need to turn in, don’t forget about it over the weekend!