Peer Critique Form: 
Justifying an Evaluation Essay 1st Draft
(20 pts)

Writer's Name:


Editor's Name:

Respond to the following criteria after your first reading of your group mates’ essays. These are the criteria on which you will focus your comments, as noted in Peer Critique Procedure. You will comment within the essays themselves, and also attach this form onto the end of each essay ("copy and paste" for those in online courses) you read, and write responses to each criteria in the spaces or margins. This critique is worth 20 points to the editor, who will be evaluated for the number and quality of comments on the essay itself (not just filling out this form).

A Well-Presented Subject

Does the introduction set-up the overall judgment (central focus of the essay) rather than just summarizing the book? Yes or no?

A Clear Overall Judgment

Is the overall judgment (thesis) easy to find and does it contain the main reasons of support? Yes or no?

Are the reasons in support of the thesis "arguable" judgments about fair criteria? If not, explain:



Does the judgment (thesis) seem decisive yet not too extreme (one way or the other)? If not, explain:



Appropriate Reasons and Convincing Support

Are all of the reasons for the judgment clearly presented in the body of the essay in the order they appear in the thesis? Yes or no?

Are the reasons supported by evidence and examples from the book through paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation? Explain in the essay where the writer may need more examples:




Is it clear that the writer has thoroughly read the book and critically considered diverse viewpoints (opposing views to his or her own? Explain your yes/no answer.




Is the writer's evaluation, overall, more subjective or objective? Rate it on a scale of 1-10,
with 10 being most "Objective."