Lesson Plan

Hamlet Essay Peer Editing

Writing Improvement
Chris W.
Classroom teacher
Milford High School, Milford, NE
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My Grades 10, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Using the Google Chrome Book:

  • Students will be able to improve their writing. 
  • Students will be able to work with partners in order to improve writing. 
  • Students will be able to give good, strong feedback. 
  • Students will be able use the Google Drive (formerly google docs) app to write and provide feedback. 
English Language Arts
Grades 10
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hamlet Essay Publish on Google Drive

Google Drive
Free, Paid

After having written their paper, they need to make sure it is on Google drive, written through Google docs. 

Student Instructions

Make sure your paper is complete in rough draft form. It needs to be in Times New Roman or Arial. 1500 words. Make sure it is readily available on Google drive. 

2 Grouping and Sharing

Google Drive
Free, Paid
  • Break students into partner groups. 
  • Within these partner groups, students need to share their paper with their partner. 
  • In the top hand corner, students will click on the share button. They will then type their partner's email.  Make sure that the partner can edit and comment. 
Student Instructions
  • Find a partner. 
  • Within these partner groups, you need to share your paper with your partner. 

  • In the top hand corner, you will click on the share button. You will then type your partner's email.  Make sure that the partner can edit and comment. 

3 Peer Editing

Google Drive
Free, Paid
  • Have students follow the instructions on the Hamlet Peer Editing document. 
  • Circle around to make sure they are able to mark it up correctly. 
Student Instructions

On your partner's google doc, use the comment system to mark up their paper. The comment thread can be opened by clicking on the "Comments" button in the top right hand corner, next to the share button. For the questions that require answers, in the comments please make sure to make clear which question you are answering. 


Peer Editing Sheet                    



Person who Wrote_________________________


  • Read through their paper. Mark up any run-ons, fragments, or awkward sentences. Use the following marks: R, F, and Awk.
  • Check for the following (mark them on the actual paper):
  • Hook
  • Thesis
  • Topic Sentences
  • 9 Quotes minimum
  • Transitions
  • Does the paper have a Thesis that proves something to be true? (Y/N)
  • What is it trying to prove?
  • Does each Topic Sentence prove the thesis to be true? (Y/N)
  • Why or why not?
  • Could you put the topic sentence at the end of this phrase: In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, _________________________ because…. (Y/N)
  • How well do these Topic Sentences prove the thesis? Why?
  • Does each quote have a sentence that sets up the quote? (Y/N)
  • How well does it set it up?
  • What would you do to set it up better?
  • Do they use transitions well? “In conclusion, in contrast, separately from…” (Y/N)
  • Mark on their paper where and when their transitions could be better. Give them suggestions!
  • Does each quote directly prove their topic sentence to be true? (Y/N)
  • Highlight any quotes that should be changed or do not relate to their topic sentence/thesis. Star any quotes that are good.
  • Do they adequately explain how each quote proves their topic sentence to be true? (Y/N)
  • Highlight any sentences that do not directly prove how their topic sentence to be true or how it relates to the thesis.
  • On sentences you feel like they could improve, write why exactly the sentence does not prove how their quote shows the thesis to be true.