3) Students must then interview each other and write down answers. They should NOT look at their papers. The trick here is to get them to talk out their ideas in response. For example, Bob and Tuan are paired together
Bob: "What were the results of your survey?" (reading from interview questions)
Tuan: "I found that more women than men had used the library." (Bob writes down what Tuan says)
Bob: "How many more?"
Tuan: "20% more, but mainly they were older women."
Bob: "What is your interpretation of these results?" (reading from interview questions)
Tuan (realizing he left this part out of his draft): "Well, I think that this shows..."
After they are done interviewing each other, Bob gives Tuan notes on what she said, and Tuan gives Bob the notes on what he said. They can they use the notes to add to what they missed writing in their papers. The example below asks students to read their own paper out loud to their partner after they are done with the interview. This helps students catch surface errors.
your pair, you will interview your partner about his or her paper.
Each writer should answer the questions without looking at his/her
The theory behind this type of peer response:
writers can explain out loud what they are trying to do in a paper better than
they can write it. This helps them clarify what they might want to do with a
writers get lost in the words of their paper and lose perspective on what they
were supposed to do in the assignment. Talking
about what is in your draft (or should be in your draft) can help you take a
step back and get an overview of what you need to do in the paper.
You will each serve as an interviewer for your partner. As the interviewer, youíll need to ask your partner the following questions and write down his/her response. When you are done, give your partner this written record of what he/she said. If, while talking, your partner realized that he/she left something out of the draft, he or she will have your notes to assist in revision.
you interview and how do you know this person?
key aspects of this personís current family situation?
What is the highest educational level the person you interviewed
other aspects would be important to give a clear picture of this personís life
right now? (Interviewers: if you want to ask more specific questions based on
what youíve heard or what youíve experienced in your own draftwork, ask them
section you have just written should be a ďsynopsis of interesting facts and factors
about a specific person that will give your reader some insight into the realm
of getting older.ď
If you finish the above, each person should read his/her draft out loud
to her partner. Studies have
shown that students can correct up to 60% of their own grammar errors if they
take the time to pay attention and edit!! Reading
your draft out loud is one of the best ways to do this.
As you read out loud, listen for places where the sentences or ideas
donít flow clearly and watch for spelling errors.