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Critique, Feedback and Improvement

I need some assistance with this situation. Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you.

Details: You have been asked by a classmate to critique her work for her before she submits it for a grade. You aren't very sure of how to critique a work, so you decide to do some research beforehand. In your research you decide to find the following:

How would you best go about providing a critique to your classmate?
What type of feedback would most help your classmate improve his or her work? What elements of writing (thesis/focus, development/support, organization, transitions, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc.) would you want to cover in your feedback?
Why would this feedback be helpful?
Remember to include in-text citations and a reference list at the end of your submission.

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Hi,

One approach to help you with an assignment like this one is to provide you with information from various sources for each question, which you can draw on for your final copy. This is the approach this response takes.

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RESPONSE:

1. How would you best go about providing a critique to your classmate?

In doing a critique for a friend, a person should comment freely, although respectfully. However, it is better to begin by noting the strengths of the essay before pointing out the areas that need improvement. Some recommend getting at the strengths by asking for a personal response to questions like the following: What about the essay most connects with your experience? Moves you? Provokes you? Entertains you? Or, a person could also just ask. What do like best about this essay? (Birky, 2000).

2. What type of feedback would most help your classmate improve his or her work? What elements of writing (thesis/focus, development/support, organization, transitions, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc.) would you want to cover in your feedback?

There are four broad categories a person should include in a critique: content, organization, style, and ...

Solution Summary

Referring to the scenario, this solution provides assistance on how to best go about providing a critique of an essay to a classmate, the type of feedback that would help the classmate improve her or his work, elements to include in the critique and why this feedback would be helpful to the classmate.

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