INSTRUCTOR  Owen M. Williamson, MA  

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Week 11: April 4 - 8, 2011




Adapted for undergraduate use from:

Learning the Ropes of Peer Reviewing

By Elisabeth Pain  8/15/08


Reviewing classmates’ manuscripts means applying your critical skills to research that's often cutting-edge. It also exposes you to new knowledge. Either or both of these experiences can lead to new ideas and new approaches to your own work. Reviewing other people's manuscripts may also help you improve your own writing and scholarly skills.

Experts recommend reading the whole manuscript once to get a general impression of how it reads and whether it makes sense. At this stage, you're looking for major flaws and missing information. Next, look at the paper in more detail. You have to use your knowledge of the field and judge the originality and the basic design of the study. Identify any claims or arguments that are not supported by the data, have alternative explanations, or could be presented better.

A good review should offer some specific, concrete, and opinionated comments,  Be thorough and constructive. Whether you found the article good or bad, you need to detail why, referring to how appropriate the study design or the methodology is, for example.


Always support your own points with sound evidence and arguments. It's also a good idea to write your comments down in a numbered list, clearly marking which changes are major and badly needed, or minor and optional. That makes it easier for the author to respond and for the Instructor to affirm or reject your suggestions.

Public speaking activity—declamation. [Applies to theme / discipline] [Public speaking]


Drafts of Final Reports due for Peer Review  

Work Group 3 will discuss Progymnasma 11: Impersonation.

The mythology, rhetoric (and reality?) of evil genius. Hitler? Cults? Hannibal Lector? Contemporary (real) evil genius? Seductions? Is it true that "you can't con an honest person?" Rhetoric, genius and the concept of sales resistance.


Peer review due!

In-class exercise (if time available): What would it take for an evil rhetor to convince you? Why would you be convinced, or why not?





Progymnasma 11: Impersonation (Prosopopoeia or Ethopoeia).


How someone else might argue for your semester thesis.


Click on link and follow BYU website instructions. Borrow the voice (and reputation) of someone else (someone who you or your audience would highly respect) and suggest what positive things they might say about your semester thesis in their own words if they were to be asked.







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