I: Peer Editing
Working with a peer to refine your writing can be fun and effective. However, it is necessary to learn how to edit before helping your peers. The most important rule when peer editing is to stay positive. A peer is a person that is in the same age group or status, such as a classmate or coworker. Editing is making suggestions, compliments, comments, and changes in writing. It’s necessary to learn how to properly guide peers into making their paper perfect.
When beginning to edit someone’s work, make sure to start with a compliment. You can start by saying you like their topic or they are very good at using details. It is also important to avoid being rude when editing a peer's work. When editing, be specific on the changes you are suggesting. Some changes you can present are word choice, using details, or even encouraging them to stay on topic. Corrections should be the last thing you present when editing a peer's work. Common corrections include spell checking, grammar mistakes, and sentence structure. Everyone approaches editing in different ways. However, by using these steps you will be able to edit someone's work in the correct way.