Peer Critique: Problem Solving

Please read your peer’s draft and answer the following questions thoughtfully and thoroughly on a separate sheet of paper.  USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.  Simple “yes” and “no” answers are not acceptable.  Your response must be typed.  This is not a test to see if you have done things “correctly”; rather, this is an opportunity for you to receive responses and feedback about what you have written from a reader who is familiar with the goals of this assignment.
After you have finished with your response, make sure your name is on the critique you have written.  You will then give it back to the author, and the author will read it and make necessary revisions.  Each author should have a peer critique with a name on it in his or her folder when turning in the position paper.  I will look for the name on your sheet and give the appropriate person credit for completing the critique.

1.Describe the essay’s intended audience.  How do you know? What clues does the author give you?
2.What is the main problem that the essay identifies?  How do you know?
3.What are the possible or alternative solutions that the author presents?  Identify and describe them.
4.What is the writer’s recommended solution?  Describe it.
5.What feasibility problems or additional solutions should the writer consider? Why?
6.Indicate one paragraph in which the writer’s evidence is strong.  Then find one paragraph in which the writer needs more evidence. Refer to specific sentences or  passages to support your response.  Explain your reasoning.
7.What additional kinds of evidence (personal experience, testimony from authorities, statistics, specific examples, etc) might the writer use in this paragraph? Explain. 
8.Number the paragraphs in the writer’s essay and then describe, briefly, the purpose or main idea of each paragraph:  paragraph one introduces the problem, paragraph two  gives the writer’s personal experience with the problem, etc. When you finish, explain how the writer might improve the organization of the essay.
9.What passages were clearest? Where were you most confused? Refer to specific sentences or passages to support your response.  How and where could the writer make the draft clearer?
10.      Add any editing suggestions you might notice while you’re reading.
11.      Revision plan.  List three key changes that the writer should make during the revision.
12.     What additional suggestions can you give the author?