Peer Review Groups

Peer Review helps students learn how to talk about and revise writing. In this collaborative learning environment, students take turns reading each other's work, commenting on structure, format, content, and overall coherence. After the peer review session, students use their classmates' comments along with their own ideas to revise their written work.

Where is this in the Writing Process: Step 3

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Jonathan LeMaster developed LiteracyTA's Peer Review from his experience at San Diego State University. While earning his Master's degree in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Ellen Quandahl--Jonathan's rhetoric and writing studies professor--asked her students to workshop their papers. This experience became the inspiration behind Peer Review Groups. 

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Peer Review Groups Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Student Activity
Peer Review Guide
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Review Template
Argument Checklist
Informative Checklist
Commenting Starters
Online Peer Review
Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Practice skills in all subjects

Charting Writing
Blank Key Features
Editing Marks

Student samples

Student Reflection 1
Student Reflection 2
Groups Color
Color Sample

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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