Now that you’ve finished watching a video on the workshopping process, let’s put what you learned to practice! On this page and the next, you’ll use a guide to help workshop one of your peer’s submissions of Assignment 1: Annotations and Writing Plan, focusing specifically on source summary, credibility, and your peer’s main argument. As stated in the video, it’s important to be honest and thorough during the workshopping process. Your job is to help your peer determine how clear their intended argument is and how well the sources they have found support that argument.
To complete this workshop activity, follow the steps below:
- Copy and paste your Annotations and Writing Plan into the discussion forum below to create your initial post by Thursday, 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
- While in the discussion forum, select a post made by another student to workshop. Once you have selected the Annotations and Writing Plan you will workshop, leave a note in reply to your peer’s discussion thread. Now you’re ready to walk through the workshopping process!
- Read through your peer’s post carefully, and then answer the following questions in a response post by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone:
- In your own words, identify the argument of your peer’s persuasive essay. What are they aiming to prove?
- Has your peer adequately addressed opposing viewpoints?
- Which of the summaries (or which sections of the summaries) could use more clarification? How could your peer’s summaries be improved? Please paste an example and, if appropriate, offer your own edits.
- Has your peer provided adequate credentialing information? If so, how can you tell the source is credible? If not, what could your peer add to note the reliability of the source?
- Do the sources your peer describes in the annotated bibliography connect to their argument in a clear and easy-to-understand manner? If so, how so? If not, what are some ways in which your peer could strengthen those connections?
- Does your peer acknowledge a counter-argument in one of the annotations? If a counterargument is presented, do they provide a persuasive rebuttal? If no counterargument is presented, can you anticipate some of the objections your peer should take into consideration?
- Evaluate the sources your peer has selected. Which sources do you find to be the strongest? Why do you think they are strong, and how do they support your peer’s key points? Are there ways the sources could support those key points that your peer has overlooked? Be specific.
Before you begin writing, please review the writing workshop discussion rubric below to make sure you fulfill all of the required tasks in your response.
Writing Workshop Discussion Rubric
Requirements for Writing Workshop
Students are required to post one initial post (1) and to follow up with one response post (1) for the Writing Workshop Discussion assignment.
For your initial post you must:
- Copy and paste your current draft of your Annotations and Writing Plan into a new thread.
- Select the thread of one (1) classmate, and post a reply claiming your intention to workshop their plan in this module’s activity. Please choose a classmate whose work has not yet been claimed for peer review. (If that thread does have another classmate who has already claimed it, move on to another unclaimed thread.)
- Complete the initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
For your response post you must:
- Read through your selected classmate’s Annotations and Writing Plan and respond to all of the Writing Workshop questions.