Class 4: Peer Review

First Women Jury ~ Los Angeles 1911
First Women Jury ~ Los Angeles 1911

Peer Review

Last week’s class introduced key elements of lesson design and assigned Lesson Study.  This week we are going to conduct two peer reviews of each lesson study, before it gets “turned in.” This models the student centered approach – with your peers sharing their higher-ordered review of your work – analyzing and evaluating it’s content. Following their feedback, you get to reflect on your work before turning it in.

We’ll manage the lesson study peer review  this way:

  1. You should bring in 3 copies of your 1st draft. (two to share and to one keep your notes on).
  2. You will be randomly put in the first peer review paring
  3. Meet and greet: exchange a quick 1 min intro to your lesson study – grade, subject, scope (one class lesson or a larger unit?)
  4. Exchange written drafts and study for 3 mins. Mark up your copy if you see typos or want to add suggestions. Develop 3 questions  you will ask for clarification.
  5. Student A questions B. Student B responds 3 mins
  6. Discussion / Brainstorming / B takes notes to captures modifications 3 mins
  7. Reverse roles with Student A’s work under review
  8. This should take us about 20 minutes to review each other’s work. You will then be assigned to another student to repeat the peer review process

After everyone has completed two reviews you will then have about 20-30 minutes to make revisions to your lesson study. (A good time to talk to the instructor as well).


When the peer review process is completed we will preview our next topic (and major component of the class) Historical Thinking.

Students will compare two source videos from this lesson “How to Read Documentary Films


Written Assignment for Class 5:  Submit lesson study as blog post

Students will turn in their revised Lesson Study assignment as a post on this blog by 10 PM Fri Sept 23rd. See finished student work here.

It should include:

  1. Your lesson study.
  2. A personal reflection on what they learned in developing their first lesson study and participating in the peer review process.
  3. Each post should also have a historic photograph (public domain with citation) that matches the theme or subject of their lesson study. You may want to view this video tutorial Using Advanced Google Search to find public domain content.
Reading / Designing assignment for Class 5 on historical thinking
  1. Watch this video: I’ve used the TEDEd flipped lesson feature to curate a existing YouTube and turn it into a lesson to support next week’s class on historical thinking: Who is the historian in your classroom? Another way to flip a class.
  2. Read short online article Thinking Like a Historian By Sam Wineburg

Image Credit: First woman jury,  Los Angeles  (November 1911)
The Library of Congress Call Number: LC-B2- 2354-15
Notes: Photo shows the first all-woman jury in California who acquitted the editor of the Watts News of printing indecent language, on Nov. 2, 1911.

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