A good member:
• Comes prepared (drafts ready, reading done)
• Helps the group get organized quickly and efficiently
• Watches the time (unless this role is given to a designated timekeeper)
• Makes sure that everyone has an opportunity to participate
• Gently draws out those members that need more encouragement
• Gently reminds those members that would dominate to share the floor

If a respondent:
• Listens carefully
• Takes accurate notes
• Identifies what is effective in the writing
• Identifies what is problematic in the writing
• Phrases criticisms constructively ("Have you considered wording it this way…?)
• Distinguishes between personal opinion and problems that may affect others
• Articulates feelings as well as facts ("This section confused me," or "I felt here that you were maybe reluctant to explain your point in more depth")
• Provides feedback concisely
• Acknowledges the writer's final authority in the text

If a writer presenting his or her work:
• Presents the material clearly (whether reading aloud or providing a draft)
• Listens carefully to the respondents
• Does not apologize or make excuses or try to respond defensively)
• Lets the writing stand on its own
• Takes careful notes on the respondents' suggestions for future revising
• If additional help is needed, provides questions to the respondents
• Recognizes that responsibility for the test finally belongs to the writer
• Thanks the respondents for their contributions

All members need to take responsibility for making the process work. This means communicating to others (group members, the teacher) if problems develop:
• If you-as a group-need more time to finish the work
• If a group member does not work collaboratively with others and this is sabotaging the work of the group
• If a group member fails to show or doesn't come prepared, etc.

Created By: Susan Wyche, CSUMB, February 2001