Sample Comments on Student Papers

Options for Commenting on Student Papers

Brad Hughes, UW-Madison WAC Program
Whether we consider them or not, we actually have many choices for how we'll comment on student papers.  The sample comments that follow are designed to illustrate some of these many options.

sample comments from two types of commenters--the minimalist and the friendly, interested reader

Sample Feedback (End Comment) on a Research Paper in an Introductory Writing Course

Anne Clark, English Department, UW-Madison
In this end comment on a student's revised draft of a research paper, notice how effectively the instructor addresses the student-writer personally, acknowledges improvement from the previous draft, reinforces important general principles about effective writing, poses questions to guide further revisions and to deepen thinking, and offers encouragement.  After the sample comment, the instructor explains her approach to commenting.


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