Peer Editing for the Literary Analysis Essay

To the Editor(s): Please write your name in the table. Please consider what kind of feedback you would like to receive and try to offer the same quality of feedback to your classmates. Follow the steps carefully, providing attention to detail to help the writer. Donít limit yourself to this box: feel free to write in the body of the essay!






General Reaction

Read your classmate's piece quickly to understand its ideas. Write a few sentences addressing your first impressions about it.


Is it well organized?

Do you learn from this analysis? If so, what? If not, is it because the analysis is too obvious or too obscure?



Thesis and Focus

What is the thesis of this paper? The thesis should be specific and interesting, complex even. It should reveal what the analysis criteria are for the essay.


Has the author maintained a clear focus with each body paragraph in supporting it? Please explain here how the author succeeded or failed in this task.



Text Based Evidence

Consider the assertion-evidence-analysis model.

Has the writer made assertions/observations to support the thesis?

Has s/he provided direct quotes to back the assertions?

Has s/he wrapped up points with analysis?


Has each quote/specific piece of evidence been explained? Are there any dangling, orphaned quotes? Please address consistent problems here; fix in the draft.


Citations: Have the quotes been cited with page or line numbers?

ū         Gokturk says, "La la lala al" (39).

ū         Five lines or longer have been indented, single spaced with no quotation marks unless dialogue. (14)

Please indicate here chronic problems and correct in body of paper.


Analysis of Literary Elements

Has the writer of the essay analyzed the authorís approach? Consider how the writer addressed how the author uses Theme, Motif, Mood, Tone, Irony, Characterization, Point-of-View, Structure, Imagery and Symbolism, Setting, Language Use, etc.


Has the writer avoided PLOT SUMMARY? There should be comparable selections, not retelling entire plots.



Is the paper interesting? Why or why not? What works best and what doesnít? Which parts of the paper detract from the purpose?In other words, what is unnecessary? (What can be omitted?)


How can the paper be more effective? What could be added to make it clearer?


Offer the writer at least two specific suggestions that might help him or her to improve the essay. Think of questions you had while reading: did it make sense? Were you able to follow along? These may be questions that your classmate will want to answer in the next draft.