Grade levels: 7-10

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:

  1. Reflect on their writing through the process of sharing and peer editing.
  2. Practice giving and receiving constructive criticism in an overall and finely detailed sense.
  3. Encourage enthusiasm and professionalism through sharing planning and ideas.
Materials:
  • Tables or desks in pairs
  • Draft scripts
  • Red pencil crayons for editing

Lesson Process:

1. Introduce the process of peer editing to the students by discussing the “dirt sandwich” form of overall peer feedback. Here it is: The first thing the critic identifies after reading the script is two very strong points about the writing, topic, theme, tension, vocabulary, etc. Then they identify the largest area of need of the writing: lack of flow, inappropriate vocabulary, melodrama, awkward dialogue, etc. They provide this overall feedback by saying one strength, then the area of need, and then finally the second strength.

2. Now, brainstorm the specific checklist for editing. Create this as a class. Ask the class to come up with the areas they need to check in editing, and write down their own copy of the checklist thus created from the board. If they don’t mention important areas, you may add them in yourself.

3. Pair the students up, either randomly or choose someone they have never worked with before. They read each other’s scripts, and then provide both the “dirt sandwich” and the editing checklist in writing to the originator of the script. They must explain orally to each other why they made the decisions they did, and what they think the changes will accomplish for the script.

4. Homework: revise script to have it ready for taping.