Monthly Archives: December 2010

Peer-Review Annotation assignment

Purpose: For this assignment, I want you to reflect on your peer-review letter written to your classmates by annotating the specific places where you drew on the evaluation criteria you chose when reviewing their piece. Each time you use a criteria (or if you introduced a NEW criteria in your reading), say WHY you thought it was important to address for the particular piece you were reviewing and HOW it got at a specific critique (or good point) you wanted the authors to know about. In essence, this annotation is a meta-reflection of your peer-review letter that will show me that you understand how and why we came up with the sets of criteria we did (from earlier in the semester), how you can apply them to an actual webtext, and will help you think about how you would continue to create new criteria for evaluating different kinds of texts in future writing scenarios (either in or out of class). So, show me what you know 😉

Instructions: I’m expecting that you’ll have around 4-6 annotations of about 3-5 sentences each. You can use Comments in Word, or some other similar program, or insert your comments in ALL CAPS and BOLD within the body of the text. Email me (as an attachment) your annotated peer-review letter. My email is cball at ilstu dot edu.

Due date: end of the day, Wednesday, December 15

Submittal Email assignment

When you turn in your final project URL to me, you need to do so via an email to me, as if you are the author of the work submitting it to the editor of the journal you have chosen. This is called a Submittal Email. (Well, that’s why I call it, anyways.) A submittal email includes the following information:

  • Salutation to the editor (make sure you get their name/s right!)
  • Indication of what you’re doing (submitting a webtext)
  • title of your webtext
  • URL/location of the webtext
  • Summary/abstract of the webtext
  • If it’s an unusual fit for the journal, explain why you think it’s a good fit.
  • Any known issues/concerns about the webtext in its current form (usually things that you want editorial feedback on and/or known technical glitches that don’t interfere with the working of the piece but that you’re still working on and plan to fix) so that the editor will know to take those into consideration when reviewing the submission.
  • A thank you for taking the time to review/respond to the piece.
  • Valediction (Sincerely, Best, etc.)

This should be a GROUP email, sent by ONE of you, copying ALL of you, sent to ME. These emails are usually a paragraph or two (sometimes more) in length.