When responding to each draft, be positive and offer constructive criticism. Avoid negative comments. You also should refrain from answering with “yes” and “no” responses. You will need to provide at least 3-4 detailed sentences for each point in order to receive full credit. Also, if a drafter does not address one of the points listed, you will need to state that the point is not addressed and make a recommendation of how the writer might work this important aspect of the assignment into his or her proposal.
1. Has the writer identified and introduced a contestable/arguable issue (i.e., providing relevant and concise historical/exegetical/background information) that is appropriate to this assignment? What is the issue?
2. Does the writer include a specific, detailed thesis that identifies which three or more positions they will be discussing in their paper?
3. What three perspectives are presented? Is equal time devoted to each perspective? Which perspectives may need to be expanded and/or edited?
4. Does the writer remain objective while presenting the different perspectives? Are there any moments when the writer has not maintained neutrality by describing each position fairly and in an unbiased manner?
5. How does the writer integrate and cite information? What are the three sources the writer uses to support each of the three positions? Does the writer include ample analysis and summary for each perspective or does the writer rely too heavily on outside sources?
6. How many pages is the essay? Is it in MLA Style and in 12pt. Times New Roman font? Is there a 4-line heading? Is the document double-spaced? What citation practices still need work?