Compare/Contrast Essay Peer Edit

Examine your classmate's essay to complete this form.
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    Does the introduction begin with an attention grabbing opener or hook?
    The hook should be a more advanced technique than starting with a question. Options include starting the essay with a quote, statistic or anecdote. Is the hook written in an “advanced” manner?
    Are there transitional sentences that link the hook to the thesis?
    Does the introduction have a clear thesis statement that identifies the subjects, generalized points of comparison?
    Does the thesis statement answer the question “So What?” by providing a main purpose for the comparison of the subjects?
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    Does each body paragraph begin with a clear topic sentence?
    Does the topic sentence pass the “so what?” test? The topic sentence should serve as a mini-thesis statement for the paragraph.
    Does the writer state sufficient evidence/ examples in the paragraph to support the topic sentence?
    Are specific examples from the story used to support each point?
    Does the writer include a direct quote or paraphrase from the text? Is the quote properly introduced?
    Does the writer properly cite the source? (Remember periods are after the parenthesis!
    Does the writer explain/analyze the information sufficiently in multiple sentences?
    Is there a concluding sentence that leads into the next paragraph? The paragraph cannot conclude with a quotation!
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    Does the writer restate the main points in the essay (similar to the thesis in the intro)?
    Does the writer include a final thought about the topic (similar to the hook in the intro)?
    Is the conclusion longer than 3 sentences?
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    Does the writer NOT summarize the story too much?
    Does the writer NOT use clichés &/or weak wording such as “perfect,” “great,” “amazing”, etc in the essay?
    Does the writer NOT use “I”, “me” or “you” etc. in the writing of the essay? (Within quotation marks is ok)
    Do you agree with all comparisons and analysis in the essay? If there are weak points in the comparison, make note of those for the writer.
    Does the writer use transitions effectively to lead the reader through the points of the essay? (If you became lost, where and how might it be fixed?)
    Is all information in the essay complete? Nothing was omitted? (If information is missing, where, and what seems to be missing? Why do you think it might be important?)
    Are there few mechanical, grammatical, or spelling errors? Was there NOT a pattern of errors? (If so, how could the author fix it? Did you notice this error occurring more than once?)
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