Peer Editing: Student Voice in Writing

Peer editing is a tool I used constantly as a 6th grade writing teacher. It helped every student have a voice in the editing process.

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Love this! It is something I have done with my classes also, there is always so much great insight that comes out of it. The hard part for me has been getting the students to dive deep into each others' writing and give useful feedback. So I appreciate how you explain that part should be a separate lesson and practice.

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Emma, how do you support students who need a little more guidance in the peer editing process (knowing what to talk about, what edits to look for, etc.)? Have you created a peer editing rubric or checklist to help students with this process? I'm sure that the more you model, practice, and participate in the peer editing process, the stronger the students become at it.

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Students peer reviewing other work helps them grow their mastery as they learn how to help others and articulate their understanding in the process. I also like the fact that it frees up teachers to help students with more complicated concepts and lesson planning.

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Great idea, Emma! You can never emphasise modelling enough. It is very easy for teachers to assume students know how to say/explain something, but it's more effective to elicit what they know and model what it looks like.
I recently created these prompts (look at second part - for students), to support students in talking to each other. I work in a context where children are very quiet, so this was made to help them talk.
Here is the link to the resource, which is in Word format so you can adapt.

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love it, Emma! We do a similar process called "Writing Partners" in grade 2. That teacher modeling of feedback is so important (kind, specific, helpful).