Peer review instructions

For this assignment, you’ll need to make comments with Word’s track changes feature. Here’s a video on making track changes and comments, if you need a refresher:

Attach the comments from you partners’ papers here, as ONE DOCUMENT. UNO DOCUMENTO, POR FAVOR. EIN DOKUMENT, BITTE.

To do that, you might copy and paste each paper into one document BEFORE you make comments/track changes. If you make track changes BEFORE copy/pasta, then Word will assue the pasted document are ALL changes. As a result, you’ll have an ugly blue/red/green mess.

Here are the instructions:

  1. Read the introduction. Does the author use the “funnel” technique? If so, suggest how the author can jump directly into the subject matter.
  2. Thesis Statement – does the writer have a clear thesis statement / statement of purpose? Does this sentence (or sentences) tell the reader EXACTLY what is being argued?
    1. Underline the thesis statement.
    2. Give advice on how to improve the thesis. (Be CONCRETE here.)
  3. Using Track Changes, for each paragraph except the first, do the following:
  4. Rewrite each topic sentence to better forecast the paragraphs contents. I don’t care if you think it’s the best topic sentence in topic-sentence-town.
  5. Make sure the paper uses passive voice whenever possible instead of the active voice/first person pronouns. Offer suggestions if you can.
  6. Mark any areas where sources are integrated incorrectly. Remember author tags, paraphrasing, etc. There should be no block quotes. Punctuation inside of quotes.
  7. In a summary PARAGRAPH, summarize your comments:
    1. What are several errors that were repeated throughout? How can the author correct those recurring errors?


So you’ve got your data–now you need to represent it graphically. Let’s take a look at this site, which breaks down what each graph style is good for. The three common types of graphs are:

  • Line graphs. Line graphs are useful for emphasizing the movement or trend of numerical data over time, since they allow a viewer to trace the evolution of a particular point by working backwards or interpolating. Highs and lows, rapid or slow movement, or a tendency towards stability are all types of trends that are well suited to a line graph.Line graphs can also be plotted with two or more scales to suggest a comparison of the same value, or set of values, in different time periods. The number of scales your graph has depends on the type of graph you select. There is a description of each available graph type on the Graph types tab of the Graph Assistant.
  • Bar graphs. Bar graphs plot numerical data by displaying rectangular blocks against a scale. The length of a bar corresponds to a value or amount. Viewers can develop a clear mental image of comparisons among data series by distinguishing the relative heights of the bars. Use a bar graph to display numerical data when you want to present distributions of data. You can create horizontal as well as vertical bar graphs.
  • Pie graphs. Pie graphs emphasize where your data fits in relation to a larger whole. Keep in mind that pie graphs work best when your data consists of several large sets. Too many variables divide the pie into small segments that are difficult to see. Use color or texture on individual segments to create visual contrast,

A good overview on making line graphs in Excel:

And if you want to make graphs with primary and secondary axes: