Now that you’ve gotten used to reading and writing in WordPress, it’s time to hone the “comment” function. Getting good, constructive comments helps the author revise and become a better writer. But giving good, constructive comments also helps you become a better writer. Once you start examining other people’s essays more closely and identifying their strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be able to apply the lessons to your own writing.
Take the time to write supportive, substantive comments. Each comment should include:
- One strength;
- One thing to work on;
- One thing to think about.
The “one thing to think about” should substantively address the content of the piece. It could be an insight, a question, or a recommendation for further reading.
You must comment on at least 4 of your classmates’ “About Me” posts, but feel free to comment on all of them. It’s a great way to get to know each other.
For each essay, you will comment on 3-4 of your classmates’ drafts and on your own. Comments on drafts are expected to be more detailed and expansive, since you are evaluating work in progress. In addition to including the 3 elements above, comments on draft essays should evaluate how well the essay is fulfilling the specific writing goals of that assignment. Each essay assignment includes tailored instructions about what to focus on in your peer and self critiques.