Peer Review & Collaboration

While these are key to any writing process, and any writing class, our students often see them in very different ways than we do.  We strongly suggest Nancy Sommers’ “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers” (College Composition and Communication, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Dec 1980). Here’s the Jstor link(link is external) if you’re on a campus computer. It provides excellent insights into how students at first approach these tasks.  Some instructors assign it to their students to read and discuss in class. We include in this same section material on peer editing, which many of us consider an essential part of teaching writing.