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Insert 2.1a Sample Assignment Peer Reviewed Argument Assignment


This assignment can be adopted and modified to fit in almost any course. Faculty can choose a specific topic from their content area, or students can generate topics based on the course content.


1. Purpose/objective Students will apply material from the course by selecting a controversial issue from the field and defending a position on this issue with evidence from research. Students are asked to consider both sides of the issue but to argue only for one. Students will ● Conduct original research ● Write individually ● Review and critique peer arguments ● Reflect on the peer evaluations and revise for a final argument


2. Resources Students will share a paper version of their arguments (though this plan could be modified so that papers were shared in a Google Document).


3. Process Nearing the end of the semester, students will conduct independent research on a chosen or assigned controversial issue from the field. Students will compose a 4-6 page research position paper that supports this argument. On a selected due date, students will bring a copy of the argument to class. Students will sit in a circle, and exchange papers three times. Each reviewer will be directed to a specific set of questions to read for peer review. (See Insert 2.1c for a sample). Students will revise their arguments and complete a debriefing reflection which outlines the material that was changed or altered due to peer review.


4. Timeline Pre-class preparation- Determine whether students will select an issue or whether it is more appropriate to assign one. Write up the assignment and create a rubric, peer evaluation forms, and a debriefing form for the student writer. Set aside class time for the peer review session.


In and out of class collaboration- Hand out assignment at least two weeks before the first draft is due. On the peer review day, have one copy of each peer review sheet for


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