Note that this article applies only to teachers using the free version of NoRedInk.
In a Peer Reviews assignment, students submit a draft and then rate their classmates’ writing by answering questions like “Is the thesis a fact or an opinion?” and “Is the evidence in this paragraph strong or weak?” We recommend scaffolding students’ Peer Reviews experience with our interactive tutorials. This way, students will understand what they should be shooting for in their own writing, and the feedback they give their peers will be more accurate and helpful.
Each interactive tutorial walks students through a lesson, provides examples, and ends with check-for-understanding questions.
What interactive tutorials are available for Peer Reviews?
There are different interactive tutorials available for each Peer Reviews unit.
If your students are writing thesis statements:
- Is the thesis statement a fact or an opinion: https://www.noredink.com/learn/tutorials/965
If your students are writing outlines (thesis statement and topic sentences):
- Keeping Language Concise: https://www.noredink.com/learn/tutorials/975
If your students are writing body paragraphs:
- Distinguishing strong and weak evidence: https://www.noredink.com/learn/tutorials/1090
If your students are writing introductory paragraphs:
- Using a hook to grab the reader’s interest: https://www.noredink.com/learn/tutorials/1193
Where can I find interactive tutorials for Peer Reviews?
In addition to using the links above, you can find links to interactive tutorials in two places within the Peer Reviews assignment.
When Creating a Peer Reviews Assignment
Click the footprints icon next to any of the Rating and Grading Criteria. Doing so will open a tutorial in a new tab.
When a Peer Reviews Assignment Is in Progress
After creating a Peer Reviews assignment, you’ll see it show up on your Assignments page. First, click on the graph icon.
On the next page, look under “Rating and Grading Criteria.” Click on “View Tutorial” next to any criterion to open its tutorial in a new tab.
How can I pre-teach with NoRedInk’s interactive tutorials?
We recommend showing tutorials to your students before they write their drafts and again before they begin rating their peers’ writing.
Here’s an example of how you might use interactive tutorials at each stage of a Peer Reviews assignment:
Before Creating a Peer Reviews Assignment
Preview the interactive tutorial for yourself. Note any places where you may want to provide additional explanation (for example, defining key terms used in the tutorial) and any places where you’ll want to pause to take students’ questions.
Before Students Write Their Drafts
Project the interactive tutorial on the board as your students follow along. For the check-for-understanding questions at the end of the tutorial, poll your students by a show of hands or have them write down their answers so you can follow up with any students who might need additional support.
Before Students Begin Rating Their Peers’ Writing
Share the link to the tutorial with students before class. At the start of class, ask students to open the tutorial on their computers and work through it independently. After students complete the tutorial, you can follow up with your own check-for-understanding questions or have students move straight into rating their peers.
Can students review the tutorials on their own?
Yes! If students need to review a concept, they can access interactive tutorials while rating their peers’ writing. To access a tutorial, students click “Need help?” then click “Try this tutorial.”
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