1. Claims: What are the main claims or arguments in the text? What is the author’s main point?
2. Logic: How does the author reach these conclusions? What are the steps in the author’s reasoning or logic? Is this logic sound?
3. Evidence: What evidence does the author present to support the argument(s)? Does the author offer enough evidence? Is this evidence convincing? Can you think of any counter-evidence that would challenge the author’s claims?
4. Assumptions: Does the author rely on hidden assumptions? If so, are these assumptions correct?
5. alternative arguments: Can you think of alternative arguments that the author has not considered?
It has me thinking about peer review (a topic of much discussion since I am at my annual Communities for Learning retreat!) and wondering if we might be able to use this for students to give each other some helpful feedback on expository writing.