Overview

In this activity, students spend a class using the Feedback Review & Body Paragraph Revision Template (see attached materials) to read, understand, and apply the feedback they are given by the instructor on their essay assignments.

Before class, the instructor annotates and grades students’ essays.

In class, students are given their essays and essay feedback but not their grades.

Individually, students fill out the template, which asks them to identify any questions they may have about the instructor’s feedback.

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In this activity, students spend a class using the Feedback Review & Body Paragraph Revision Template (see attached materials) to read, understand, and apply the feedback they are given by the instructor on their essay assignments.

Before class, the instructor annotates and grades students’ essays.

In class, students are given their essays and essay feedback but not their grades.

Individually, students fill out the template, which asks them to identify any questions they may have about the instructor’s feedback.

Students then articulate up to 3 distinct areas for improvement identified in the instructor’s comments, give examples of each area, and articulate how they will do better in the future.

Finally, students rewrite what they think is their most problematic body paragraph.

Once students have printed and submitted their completed templates, the instructor gives them their essay grade.

As the activity progresses, the instructor may work one-on-one with students to address any questions they have and review/discuss students’ revised body paragraphs.

After class, the instructor skims the completed templates at home to get a sense of how well students succeeded at understanding and applying the feedback.

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Objectives

  • This activity makes students read the instructor’s feedback and helps them understand and implement it.
  • By focusing on integrating the feedback into their work, it helps students produce improved future assignments.

Context and requirements

Level CEGÉP
Discipline English
Course English Literature
Activity Content Feedback analysis and implementation
Technological Requirements Computers are usually used, but the Feedback Review & Body Paragraph Revision Template can also be printed for students to work on.
Best Use Review

Author’s Notes

Benefits

  • This activity gives students the time to carefully read the feedback given by the instructor and incorporate in their work. The Feedback Review & Body Paragraph Revision Template provides students with a structured, step-by-step method of effectively reviewing and incorporating instructor feedback, so that these students may improve their future writing assignments.

Challenges

  • Reviewing students’ work is often a time-consuming task. Instructors who want to implement this activity and ensure its effectiveness would have to dedicate time to providing fairly extensive feedback for the original essay and at least skim the completed templates.

Tips

  • It is better not to give students their grades at the beginning of class so that they stay focused on the content of the instructor’s feedback.
  • Using a speech-recognition software (such as Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking program) might save time and avoid ergonomic problems when generating extensive prose comments.

Activity Pedagogical Components

Self-assessment

Students articulate up to 3 distinct areas for improvement identified in the instructor’s comments, give examples of each area, and articulate how they will do better in the future.

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