3. Share and Collect Feedback

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In this video, you will share your outline with a partner and collect feedback about how to make it even stronger.

To do this, you will use suggesting mode to make changes and add comments to your partner’s outline.

Find a partner who is ready to share their outline.

If you’re working independently, ask a friend if they will look over your outline for you.

Tell them about the assignment and ask them for specific feedback.

Then, exchange email addresses.

From your brainstorming document, select Share...

...and type in your partner’s email address.

The sharing options allow you to choose what others can do with your document.

Can Edit allows them to make changes and add text...

...Can Comment means they can leave comments but can’t make any other changes...

...and Can View means they can only read or make a copy of the document.

Select Edit, so your partner can edit your outline Choose whether to notify your partner about the shared document.

Notifying your partner sends an email with an invitation to collaborate on the document.

You can even include your guiding questions when you share the document.

If a partner shares their document with you, open it.

If your partner notified you when they shared your document, open it from your Gmail account.

From a new tab or window, select Gmail.

An email will be in your inbox with your partner’s comments and a direct link to the shared document.

Or, access the document from your Google Drive.

All documents that other people share with you are also stored in your Drive.

From a new tab or window, open Google Drive.

Then, look in your shared files for your partner’s outline.

As you read, make suggestions for your partner.

To do this, turn on Suggesting mode.

Suggesting mode allows people with edit access to make changes to the document while keeping the original text.

Now your changes appear in a different color alongside the original text.

As you make changes to the document, you can also add explanations of why you made a change.

You can also add comments without making edits.

Comments allow you to explain why you made specific edits or point out where you need more information.

As you read your partner’s outline, make comments about what your partner did well in their outline and what they could improve.

For example, check the thesis statement.

Does this seem like a reasonable argument for the paper?

Make at least 2 comments about what is effective about the outline and at least 2 comments about how your partner could improve the outline.

When you finish reviewing your partner’s outline, read the comments they made on your document.

Accept or reject your partner’s suggestions as you see fit.

If they suggested that you add topics, you may need to perform additional Internet searches or do more research to expand your essay.

Or you may be able to refocus your essay on fewer topics.

Collecting feedback can seem intimidating at first, especially when you have just begun the writing process.

But having someone else look over your work and offer suggestions will ultimately make your outline and your paper much stronger.


  1. Share your outline with a partner and grant them editing rights. Be sure to share the writing assignment if you ask a friend outside your class.
  2. Open your partner’s document from your shared files.
  3. Turn on “suggesting” mode
  4. Edit your partner’s paper and leave at least two comments about what was effective and two comments about something that needs more work.