Here’s an idea, just an idea at this point. But I would need you to participate, so I want to know what you think. I’m not exactly sure how it would go at this point, but here are the basics.
Starting in maybe 4th or 5th grade I would choose a couple of writing assignments for the children to send to me to post online. You would have to include an email address, but not a name. I would need to know what grade the child was in and what assignment it was for. As the assignment, I would say to send me your essay and read and critique one of the other essays posted online for your grade level. I would offer direction for how to read the paper and how to offer feedback. They would send an email directly to the student who wrote the paper with feedback.
Children will be working on editing skills and hopefully be more motivated to do well in the first place!
What do you think? Would your children be willing to share their work? Would you be willing to include an email address for people to write you? I wouldn’t be previewing their comments. I really don’t think I want to be a go between. I will write in the directions to have a parent preview the feedback before they send it. It’s an idea. It would take time to get things on there to read.
Think about it and let me know. In the meantime, here are two blog posts by my online friend Jimmie who started a peer editing group at her homeschool coop.
Here is her peer editing checklist that I use in the curriculum already.