Note: This is an example of a cover sheet that Len Podis in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition gives students to fill out and include with every writing assignment that that they submit in his classes. It's particularly useful as a guide for students when they are doing peer reviews of each other's papers. It provides one way to open up a focused dialog between writer and reader about the writer's concerns in a piece of writing that's in the process of being revised. For more information about peer review cover sheets and how to use them in class, consult Len Podis in King 139-B (x8612, Len.Podis@oberlin.edu)
Rhetoric & Composition Program
Cover Sheet for Drafts and Revisions
Please fill out and attach this sheet to all drafts and revisions submitted for this class.
ASSIGNMENT (Please give assignment number and briefly describe the topic and your approach):
CHECK ONE: _____DRAFT _____REVISION
THIS PAPER IS: ___Personal/Autobiographical, ___Academic, ___Both
LIST AT LEAST 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR READER(S) ABOUT YOUR PAPER
(e.g. "Did I use enough examples in discussing supply and demand on p. 4?" or "Can you help me think of a less repetitive conclusion?" or "Should I leave out the part about my high school algebra teacher on p. 5?" or "Do you find my analysis of postmodernism helpful? Why or why not?"). NOTE: The first 3 questions are "built-in," so write your own questions in for numbers 4, 5, and 6.
1. What do you think the piece says? How would you describe the main idea?
2. What are the strengths of the paper? Please explain or elaborate.
3. What are the weaknesses? Please explain or elaborate and also offer suggests for improvement.
Note: The writer of the piece should fill in questions 4, 5, and 6.
Use the space below to record what (if anything) you wish to tell your readers and/or instructor about your paper or about the assignment. (For example, how do you feel about your paper? What do you like most about it? Dislike most? Did you encounter any problems that you would like help solving? Do you have suggestions for future assignments?)