The Opening How=s the title? Funny, clever, surprising, or dull? Does the opening use narrative to establish a human element? What works best about the opening?



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Feature Story Peer-Revision Worksheet

Science Writing (Spring 2005)


The Opening
How=s the title? Funny, clever, surprising, or dull?

Does the opening use narrative to establish a human element?

What works best about the opening?

What doesn=t work?

Is the opening effective?

What can be done to make the opening more effective?



The Story
Does the feature story use narrative in the beginning?

Does it return to the narrative in the end?

Is there a complication?

Does the feature story develop the complication?

Is there a resolution?
Briefly summarize the narrative or human content(s) of the feature story.

The Science
Does the feature story translate a well defined science topic into an accessible language?

Does it teach its reader about the topic?

Does it go into enough detail?

Are key terms effectively defined?

Are complex phenomena (if any) clearly described?
What part of the science content is best translated?

What needs more translation?


Briefly summarize the scientific content of the feature story.

The Style
Does the writer avoid sentences that use Ait@, Athis,@ or Athere@ as the subject. (Using a few such sentences is okay; but more than one or two a paragraph is too much.)

Does the writer use analogy to help translate the science?

Does the writer use examples to illustrate the science?

Research and Quotation

Does the writer use quotation?

Does the writer use correct MLA style for in-text citation?

Does the writer quote from at least four sources?

Does the writer use at least one science journal article?

Does the writer use at least one (relevant) scientist interview?


The Human Element
(This might have been answered above, but it=s important.)
Does the feature story effectively show the human implications of the science?

The Ending
Does the ending connect with the opening?

Briefly state how the ending connects with the opening.





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