Use these prompts to
help you talk about writing.
(Give examples from the paper).
- I see you like X.
- I noticed you did/do X.
- So you think X is hard to understand?
- You seem to be carefully avoiding X.
|Identifying with, comparing/contrasting:
- I have a problem with X myself.
- I really like your idea here; I think I'll try it.
- Remind me to tell you of my experience with X.
- I have never really liked X.
- I would have said/thought X. . .
- I used to think X, but then. . .
- Do you mean X?
- Have you thought about/noticed/read X?
- I don't get your meaning here.
- Did X surprise/interest/challenge you?
- What would someone of your parent's generation think about X?
|Comparing/Contrasting with other people
- As Mary said in class. . . .
- Remember that we learned about this in . . . and . . . .
- I read about this in. . . .
- I heard about this on. . . .
- You chose a difficult idea, but you've addressed it well.
- I like this sentence; it really. . . .
- Your description here really. . . .
- I'm thinking that if you used "this word" here instead,
it might. . . .
- What if you moved this sentence/paragraph to . . .? It might. . .
|Ideas & Content:
- Your essay makes sense.
- You know your topic well.
- You have included the most interesting details.
- Your paper has a clear purpose (name it).
- Once I started reading, I did not want to stop.
- Your beginning interested me.
- Everything ties together.
- It builds to the good parts.
- It was easy to follow.
- And the end, it feels finished and makes me think.
- This really sounds like you.
- You've been honest and have written what you think and feel.
- I can feel your commitment to this topic.
- I have experienced your writing with you.
- You know why you're writing and who your audience is.
- I think I'd like to read this to someone else I know.
|Word choice / Powerful words:
- You've chosen the best way to say this.
- Your words create mind pictures.
- You've tried new ways to say everyday things.
- Your verbs are powerful.
- Some of your words and phrases linger in my mind.
- Your sentences begin in different ways.
- Some sentences are short and some are long.
- It just sounds good as I read it aloud--it flows.
- Your sentences have power and punch.
- You have "sentence sense."
- You don't have many mistakes in your paper.
- You have used capitals correctly.
- Periods, commas, semi colons, quotation marks are used correctly.
- Almost every word is spelled correctly.
- You remembered to indent each paragraph (or follow other style).
- It would not take long to get this ready to publish.
- The format follows the guidelines.
- The format enhances readability.
- The cover is inviting and makes me want to read more.
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