Today we practiced giving and incorporating feedback with writing projects. We modeled some pretty bad feedback ("That was good. I liked your letter.") and recognized that really useful feedback has to be specific.
The guide we used for giving feedback today was P - Q - P. First, peer reviewers offered specific PRAISE (what was something they liked and felt the writer shouldn't change ... And why?). Then, peer reviewers asked QUESTIONS or mentioned things they still wondered about after hearing the writing. Finally, reviewers made specific suggestions about ways the writer might be able to POLISH the piece in the next draft.
Students then used a red pen to show in their own drafts what edits and changes they planned to incorporate. Final versions were submitted, along with the originals and the grading rubric.