Peer Review Friday

Friday, in class, we will have our PEER REVIEW of Essay 1. This accounts for 50 pts. of your final 200 pt grade on the assignment.

Bring 2 printed copies, or 1 printed copy, or a digital copy of your essay.

See you then.

Essay 1 Peer Review


For this essay, Essay 1 – Superhero Narrative, you want to look closely at the following:

  1. Is there a good “hook” that draws you in to the story in the first posting (Blog Post 1)?

  2. Is there a well told story here? Is it complete with beginning, middle, and end?

  3. Is there enough vivid imagery and material to pull you in, engage your interest, and make you feel like you can visually see and feel the things they describe?

  4. Is there a clear significance conveyed to the reader (you)?

– Check also for grammar and other proofing errors as well.

– Provide any constructive feedback you may wish to impart.


You should take the feedback given to you, take some time to interact and discuss the comments with those who gave you the feedback, and figure out what feedback works best for you to help improve your paper.

Use the selected feedback to improve your paper and craft your second draft for submission as a rough draft to your instructor for feedback.


Talking About Significance

This is a good place for us to consider where to start thinking about communicating significance of a narrative to our audience.


Keep in special mind that it is your responsibility to “make clear” why or how this story has significance to an audience.

This can take the form, when it comes to significance, of being as simple as:

  1. Personal significance: Where what you communicate is reflective and where you communicate to your audience how the narrative has meaning to you personally

  2. Larger significance: Where you communicate a message in your story and explicitly point it out to your audience about how it has a larger meaning anyone can take away as important

  3. Both: It can be both 1 and 2.

To better help you out here, let us look at an example from Shannon Nichols short essay “Proficiency” for some guidance:


Here is another example:

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Moodle Assignment: Introduction Blog Post

For class on Friday I want you to type up and then upload your “Introduction Blog Post” (2-3 paragraphs) to Moodle Forum of the same name.

This should be the beginning of your superhero narrative 


Ending with your “hook” (device aimed at enticing us to keep reading). Examples of “hooks” can be found at the blog post “In Search of Hook”

We will discuss them in class and then launch into outlining the rest of your narrative essay from there.

Descriptive Details

Descriptive Details: Vivid details are another crucial element, because they help bring the story to life for the audience. You want to help provide us with the feeling that we are there, with you, in the story. Aim to create “mental sensations of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and texture of the world in which your story takes place” (28).

You will then attempt, using descriptive and vivid detail, to paint a picture of the comic book image below in words.

I am looking for a nice sized paragraph (4-5 sentences) minimum.

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