Use these sample formats to provide positive and helpful comments on other students' writing!
COMMENTS AS QUESTIONS
Why did you _______________?
What made you think of writing _____________________?
Have you considered ______________________?
Is it possible that ________________?
Have you considered the possibility that ____________?
I was wondering why _________________?
COMMENTING IN SENTENCES
Agree / Disagree:
I agree that _______________ because _______________.
I disagree with your thought that _______________ because _______________
I was a little confused about _______________. Could you explain _______________?
Adding Your Thoughts:
I really enjoyed _______________ about your post. (Add thoughts afterward)
You mentioned that _______________. This had me thinking _______________,
You bring up the problem _______________. I think a solution might be _______________.
COMMENTING IN PARAGRAPHS (MORE ADVANCED)
Paragraph #1 – Agree / Disagree
I agree with _____________ but I’m wondering if __________________ is also true. I feel this way about ________________, because __________________. What do you think about that?
Paragraph #2 – Questioning / Adding Additional Thoughts
I feel ___________ about your thoughts on_______________. What you said about __________ had me wondering about ______________. Have you considered ________?
Paragraph #3 – Quoting the Post
You mentioned, “quote the post.” I agree/disagree with this, because _______________.
Paragraph #4 – Adding Your Own Thoughts
I agree with _______________. I also think (give your own thoughts).
Write About allows teachers to monitor and control their students' peer-to-peer commenting experience:
- Turn Comment Moderation on for your entire class or for individual students
- Approve your students' comments before they display for other students
- Remove other students' comments before they display for your students
Model commenting strategies with your students using an I Do, We Do, You Do scaffold!
Related: Guide to Student Commenting