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Evaluate an Article

Evaluate an Article Definitions Evaluation: making a judgment about something; a claim that something is good or bad, right or wrong, useful or not; assess, judge, appraise Criteria: a principle or standard by which something may be judged. Standards that matter in deciding whether your subject succeeds or doesn’t succeed, is strong or weak, or good in some respects and poor in others Balance and fair assessment: allows for shades of gray argument strategies. Rarely is anything all good or all bad, so you need to acknowledge any weaknesses in things you praise and any positives in things you criticize. For example, a movie may have spectacular visuals but a tired a and clichéd plot. The Purpose of Evaluative Writing Writers use evaluation in writing to present an informed and well-reasoned judgment about a subject. While the evaluation will reflect your opinion, it should not seem opinionated. Instead, it should seem reasonable and unbiased. This effect is achieved through developing a solid judgment, selecting appropriate criteria to evaluate the subject, and providing clear evidence to support the criteria. Evaluation is a type of writing that has many real-world applications. For example, you may have read evaluations about movies, restaurants, or books. These are all real-world evaluations. Eng 111 Assignment Objectives • Evaluating resources • Using evidence in a thesis driven essay • Asserting one viewpoint over another • Summarizing college-level texts • Creating a well-developed text that demonstrates awareness of purpose, audience and organization • Ethically incorporating sources The Structure of an Evaluation Essay Evaluation essays are structured as follows.  First, the essay will present the subject. What is being evaluated? Why? Provide a summary of the article (this might take a few paragraphs)  Next, the essay needs to provide a judgment about the subject (in our case, you are judging an article). This is the thesis of the essay, and it will state your assessment of the subject.  The body of the essay will contain the criteria used to evaluate the article. In an evaluation essay, the criteria must be appropriate for evaluating the subject under consideration. Appropriate criteria will help to keep the essay from seeming biased or unreasonable. If you were to evaluate the quality of a movie based on the snacks sold at the snack bar, that would make you seem unreasonable, and your evaluation may be disregarded because of it. Your criteria should be clearly defined at the beginning of the essay.  The evidence or support in an evaluation essay is the details you give to support your judgment and the criteria. For example, if the subject of an evaluation is a restaurant, a judgment could be “Kay’s Bistro provides an unrivaled experience in fine dining.” Some appropriate criteria used to judge a fine-dining restaurant that a writer could use in an evaluation are food quality, service, and atmosphere. The writer supports her evaluation by providing evidence or support for each criterion. Keep in mind:  An evaluation essay should present an informed and well-reasoned judgment about a subject.  While the evaluation will be your opinion, it should not seem opinionated. Instead, it should seem reasonable and unbiased.  An evaluation essay should start with the writer’s judgment of the subject being evaluated. This is the thesis of the essay.  The evaluation essay will be developed by the writer selecting appropriate criteria to evaluate the subject and supporting the criteria and thesis with evidence. Your evaluation will be similar to book or movie reviews you might read online, but you will need to tailor it for an academic audience. You will provide a balanced assessment, so you will need to discuss both the positive and negative aspects of your text. !. Decide on an article (see list of options below) 2. Create a list of criteria that you could consider to evaluate the text. While making this list consider the audience and purpose of the text as well as its stance and/or its bias. Then consider what makes the article successful in meeting those criteria. Find examples of the ways it does and does not meet your criteria. Your criteria should be clearly defined at the beginning of the essay. 3. Your essay should be guided by a thesis statement that states your overall evaluation or judgement of the text. Since no text is perfect and none are completely without merit, your thesis should balance the pros and cons, it should offer a judgement but qualify it according to your criteria. 4. The bulk of your essay should attempt to persuade your reader to accept your judgment of the text. Thus you will need to incorporate the most convincing and important reasons why your judgment is correct. Here is where your direct quotations from the text will help. Select an article from this list 1. “The Coddling of the American Mind” The Atlantic, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, 9/2018 2. “Our Minds Can Be Hijacked: The Tech Insiders who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia” The Guardian, Paul Lewis, 10/2017 3. “The Genuine Problem of Fake News” PNAS, M. Mitchell Waldrop, 11/2018 4. “The Way to Survive it was to Make A’s” NYT Magazine, Mosi Secret, 9/2017 5. “Why is College So Expensive” The Atlantic, Amanda Ripley, 9/2018 Most of these articles sit at the intersection of education and technology. We will be reading around many of the issues raised in these articles during the weeks ahead. Requirements MLA formatted You must have 2-3 quotes [and no more] from the article correctly launched and cited Length - 4-5 pages A work cited reference at the end of the essay October 22/23 Peer review draft (at least three typed pages) October 24/25 Final due

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Due on: April 24, 2020 00:00

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