Peer Response Groups

Peer Response Groups

Supporting Each Other


Respond to these prompts.

  • When in your life has someone helped you to get better at something? This could be anything—riding a bike, cooking a particular food, learning a new dance, skateboarding, mastering algebra.
  • Describe what this person did to help you improve.

Open Notebook

When you are finished, share your responses with your classmates. As you talk, think about these questions.

  • What types of support help people to improve?
  • How can you and your group members best support each other?

Peer Response Groups

Work Time

Meet with your group members and share your papers. Follow the peer response protocol below and use the Grade 11 Argument Writing Rubric to give feedback to your group members.

  • Each writer, in turn, presents his or her paper to the group.
  • All group members should share their papers with all other group members, so that everyone can follow along with the writer who is sharing his or her work.
  • Assign each reader to be Reader 1, Reader 2, or Reader 3. Each reader will have tasks during the reading.
    • Reader 1 marks claims, reasons, evidence, and counterclaims.
    • Reader 2 marks lines that would appeal to a modern teenage audience and those that would not appeal to modern teens.
    • Reader 3 marks lines that support the message especially well and those that are confusing or unconnected to the main point.
  • First, the writer reads his or her paper aloud to the group members. (You can catch a number of errors and awkward phrasings when you read your work aloud.)
  • Each reader briefly summarizes what he or she learned. The goal is not to explain every single mark on the page (these will be shared with the writer), but to give your group and the writer a sense of where the paper currently stands in the aspect you were assessing. Provide positive feedback as well as constructive suggestions.
  • Finally, all group members— including the writer!—evaluate the paper using the Grade 11 Argument Writing Rubric.

Open Notebook

Planning for Paper Changes


Respond to the prompt.

  • What was the most helpful feedback you received? List the changes you plan to make to your draft.

Open Notebook

Paper Revision


You will only have one lesson to revise your paper in class.

  • Begin your revision for homework to ensure that you’ll have enough time.