Communal Corrections: Facilitating Class-Led Peer Revisions in College Composition Courses

Submitted by Brittney Sifford on

After several years of teaching writing, it is clear that revision is the most important and most difficult part of the writing process.  I have stopped the traditional process of partnering student up, trading papers, and having them make random corrections.  Now, we correct papers as a class, we have substantive discussions about decisions in writing, and my students are actually learning how to be better writers.  I have used this in my ENG101 and ENG102 courses at EMCC, but this can easily be used in any course that incorporates writing.  I think this would be extremely effective in developmental courses. 

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Kelly Loucy Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:13am

Brittney, I love this idea! I have done something similar before the students start writing their own drafts where we will review past student papers, but I never thought about doing it as a peer review of current drafts. I would suspect that students might also put in additional effort to their draft, knowing one of their paragraphs might make it as a sample. I love that this exercise models how to do revision and engages the students in conversation about writing. 

Teri Graham Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:34am

Brittney - I appreciate the fact that now the whole class becomes a resource for the student rather than just a partner.  Also, if a student is nervous about not understanding something you have created an environment that encourages sharing and dialog.  Do you by any chance have any data - previous semesters correction results in comparison to the results after you have implemented this change?

Becky Baranowski Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:41pm


Thanks for taking time to submit this CATS.  You may have completed the cycle with this.  It sounds like you may have previous data/observations from using the partnering method as compared to this peer review method.  You made an improvement plan, implemented it and have results based off of this.  I may try this with my journal writing I have students do in my math classes.  Thanks!