Hardcopy of your Midterm Reflection is due again!


  • Remember that in order to be compliant with your TSI requirements you need to make your visits to the Writing Center. Research shows that multiple visits to the WC are very beneficial for your grade.

Today we are going to work with the idea of Revision

Peer Review and Higher Order Concerns (HOCs)

When you go to the Writing Center, you might hear the terms, higher order concerns and lower order concerns. Think of HOCs as the basic foundation of your paper. Of course, you want to build a strong foundation for your paper in order to get your ideas, points, and message to your readers. Therefore, HOCs are very important. The 5 terms listed below are what you use to build a solid foundation for your paper. Our peer review today is going to focus on HOCs and making certain that everyone is following the assignment instructions.

  • Thesis or Focus
  • Audience
  • Purpose
  • Organization
  • Development

Examples of differing degrees of development in paragraphs of reflective writing: the art of reflective writing

Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

  • As with any kind of purpose driven communication, you want to specific and direct in your comments. In other words, the writer needs to have a good understanding of your intent and focus of comment. In a nutshell, avoid generic comments: be precise and specific.
  • Handle with care! By this I mean, be certain to be respectful in your commenting language and be kind. You must negotiate a balance between being cheerleader and a critic. Being thoughtful and engaged in the process will help make for a successful peer review.
  • Peer Review Step 1: Thesis | Underline the Thesis! Remember that the assignment instructions asked for 2 sentences for the thesis.
    • Here is a sample of a thesis:
    • In this midterm reflection for Professor Burnett’s class, I examine a couple of difficulties I encountered with reading and writing at the college level and I discuss how I handled these situations. Reflecting on these difficulties, I have learned how important the quality of perseverance is to be successful in the college setting.
    • Did the thesis do its job of providing a the reader with a very specific "road map" for the essay so that the reader has a very good understanding of what the paper is going to be about? Offer some comments --praise or concerns.
  • Peer Review Step 2: Audience |Put an asterisk next to some places in the text where it seems like the author is trying to reach out to the audience. How does the author work to address an academic audience? Offer some comments --praise or concerns.
  • Peer Review Step 3: Purpose |Reading this work, do you get the idea that it is a purpose driven document? If so, what is the author's purpose? To convince? To persuade? To entertain? To reflect and explain?
  • Peer Review Step 4: Organization |Look at the 4 body paragraphs. Underline the topic sentences. Is each paragraph organized around one main point? Offer some comments --praise or concerns.
  • Peer Review Step 5: Development |Take another look at the body paragraphs. Are the paragraphs well-developed with supporting sentences that have details, examples, and explanations. Offer some comments --praise or concerns.

Homework --Work on Revising your Reflections. On Thursday, bring in a revised version of your essay for Peer Review Round Two - Lower Order Concerns!