I especially like involving the 3rd graders as responders and critics in a real way ... namely with revision to follow.
Thanks for the comment on my post. I think the 3rd graders really enjoyed the opportunity to offer my 8th graders feedback on their stories. I was amazed at how interested my students were to hear the feedback from the 3rd graders. Many of the stories at this stage were still a bit confusing and the 3rd graders definitely expressed that to my students. My students realized they had some work left to do getting their stories together and making sure they made sense. It was also a lot of fun having a group of 3rd graders visit our class.