Psychology

Options for Commenting on Student Papers

Author: 
Brad Hughes, UW-Madison WAC Program
Description: 
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

Student Guidelines for Peer Review: Psychology

Author: 
Professor Colleen Moore, Psychology Department, UW-Madison
Description: 
Notice that in this peer-review process, reviewers first outline their peer's draft (to help the author see how readers understand its organization) and then offer advice for strengthening the paper.

Psychology 411

 

Peer Review Instructions

Read the paper, and comment on the draft. Note what isn’t clear, what sentences are awkward, etc.

 

1. Write an outline (sometimes it helps to number the paragraphs when you do this).

 

Helping Students Survive and Grow Through Critical Feedback on Writing Assignments

Author: 
Sara Lindberg, Psychology Department, UW-Madison
Description: 
How do you increase student motivation to write while you give tough critical feedback on writing?

There are several things you can do to help your students cope with critical feedback – a necessary evil in the writing process.

A Sequence of Formal and Informal Assignments

Author: 
Colleen Moore
Description: 
Before and during the time her students begin work on their 10-15 page research papers, Professor Colleen Moore assigns eight shorter papers that encourage students to engage in critical thinking, careful reading, clear summarizing, and in-depth analysis. Moore's sequence initially builds from informal to formal writing and from simpler to more complex rhetorical tasks, enabling her students to practice and build their writing skills. While students are researching and writing their term papers, her assignments push students to stay engaged in the writing process and make it possible for her to give them feedback on their work in progress. Note also her very clear and explicit instructions and goals for students in each assignment.

Course goals:

 

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