Facilitative commentary

Facilitative commentary is commentary that addresses problem areas in a paper without taking control out of the student's hands. Accomplished with open-ended questions, facilitative commentary helps the writer solve their own problems, based on their insight and purpose. This type of commentary also allows for the growth of the writer because it does not hand the writer "the answer". Facilitative commentary makes for better writers not necessarily better writing. Facilitative commentary can also help the writer see how the reader interprets the paper. Meyers and Smith aptly describe facilitative commentary as conceptual comments or comments that "address the ideas in the paper as if it is a work-in-process" (136)

Commentary Techniques

Directive Commentary

Reflections on Commentary

Examples of Commentary

My Struggles with Commentary

What is Commentary?