Peer Editing

Peer Review, Co-editing

UDL 5.3

Peer editing is a process in which students pair up or work in groups to edit each other’s writing after having completed the prewriting, drafting and revising stages of writing. Peer editing generally helps students to improve, revise and edit a piece of writing. Peer editing breaks down the task of editing into manageable steps. Some ways that teachers incorporate peer editing is by having an editing checklist to remind students to remember what to look for while editing including checking punctuation, capitalization and spelling. In addition, students may also learn to give different types of feedback including compliments, suggestions and corrections while peer editing.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Collaboration Tool

Peer Editing Guides

Forms to support students as they edit each other’s work. These peer editing guides help students identify common writing errors and provide constructive feedback.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Writing, Language · 2 pages

Implementation Tips

Link to Checklist
For an example of a peer editing checklist, check out: [[ | ]]
Peer Editing Lesson Plan
For a complete lesson on the peer editing process, take a look at: [[ | It Works: Peer Review for the Collaborative Classroom ]]
When working with peer editing process, be sure to come up with some guidelines students can follow as they are working together. Here are some examples of what to do: [[ | peer editing guide ]] and what not to do [[ | peer review: top ten mistakes ]] when peer editing.


ELA – 3rd grade
After students have written a short research paper on an specific animal, students pair up and peer edit each other’s work by providing feedback including at least one compliment, one suggestions and one correction following the [[ | Peer Edit With Perfection Lesson Plan ]]
ELL – Science – 5th grade
In class, students are writing a report on one of the five major kingdoms (plants, animals, fungi, protists and monerans). During the peer editing process, students check each other’s writing to see that the student has included a main topic, key vocabulary and at least three examples.
ELA – Reader’s Response
After reading a story, students write a response about the theme of the story and peer edit each other’s response by following the [[ | editor's checklist ]].

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