Peer Editing Guidelines for Twain Pastiche

Read each of your peer’s essays twice following the guidelines below:

  1. Read once to get a basic understanding of the subject and sequence of the essay. While reading through the first time, correct any errors in language use and structure.
  2. Label the 5 part structure–see your notebook for the 3 column chart we used to deconstruct Twain’s paragraphs.
    1. Look carefully at the first 4 sentences of paragraphs 1 & 2, and the final paragraph’s use of an example or analogy to extend the realization the author had after their change in view.
  3. Underline key images in paragraphs 1 & 2. Make sure they match one-for-one, but that the tone changes and their meaning shifts in paragraph 2 to signal the author’s changing perspective.
  4. Look at syntax. Sentence length and variation should mimic the author’s shift between paragraphs 1 & 2.
  5. Eliminate overly pedantic word choice. The idea is to use Twain’s structure and sequence, but to maintain your own authorial voice. If  bewitched, trifling, wrought, and rapture are not normally part of your vocabulary, then find words that are and use them instead. Clearer is always better.
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