Checklists to Promote Learning (and Independence):

Here are a few checklists that I use to help students self-edit writing and engage in peer review activities. I like that these tools make expectations for writing and peer review clearer; checklists are also a great way put responsibility for self-critique into the hands of students.

Basic Editing Checklist: I usually fill this checklist with common writing mistakes that I see in my classes. In other words, that the checklist will look different for each group of students.

Editing Checklist for Poem Explication: Students can use this checklist to self-assess and ensure that they’ve met assignment requirements. I also use this during peer review activities (see rubric on the second page that I use to assess the peer reviewer). If students are unfamiliar with peer review, this resource helps them to provide specific feedback. As students get more advanced — that is, when they’ve internalized the checklist — they’re able to give higher-quality feedback during peer review on their own.

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