A key guiding principle of Writing about Literature through Theory is that peer review is central to the writing process. As you compose your papers, you will want to receive feedback from your fellow students. The benefits of peer review are twofold: (1) peer view provides you with feedback on your paper, which will help you as you revise your paper; and (2) as a peer reviewer of others’ papers, you develop the skills of an editor, which will help you with the revision of your own papers. In other words, participating in peer review will help you become a stronger, more confident writer.
The following peer-review guides are inspired by the work of Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff in Sharing and Responding: http://academic.evergreen.edu/s/stilsonr/Academic%20Research/Readings/elbow.htm.
Elbow and Belanoff provide a variety of peer-review guides that you might want to consider for your class. We have chosen the organizational peer-review guide (what they call “skeleton” peer review) for each chapter in this book, but you may find other peer-review approaches work better in your class. We have added a “warrant” section to each guide to help you articulate the connections between supporting claims and overall thesis for each paper.Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff, eds., “Summary of Ways of Responding,” in Sharing and Responding (New York: Random House, 1989), http://academic.evergreen.edu/s/stilsonr/Academic%20Research/Readings/elbow.htm.