Choose any one of the readings assigned prior to October 3rd on the course syllabus and write a critical evaluation essay of it using the strategies we have discussed in class. You must directly engage with the text you choose in formulating your evaluation. This means you will have to make use of direct quotations from and references to the text you discuss. Use the latest MLA Style Guide for formatting both the citations within your paper (in-text/parenthetical citations) and your “works cited” page at the end of your paper. The course text, Emerging, is the only text you should be referencing for this paper. Consult the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) website for detailed help with all aspects of proper MLA style formatting:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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“Ethics and the New Genetics” (132–142)

“Faith and Diplomacy” (34–44)

“AIDS, Inc.” (151–163)

“Once Upon a Quinceanera” (45-63)

“It Gets Better and Action Makes it Better” (425-433)

“After Life” (Posted on Canvas, 87-102)


Assignment Guidelines:

Assignments should be formatted as follows:

  • 12-point font
  • Times New Roman
  • 1” inch margins
  • Double-spaced
  • Page numbers and your last name in the upper right-hand corner of every page
  • 3-5 pages in length (this means at least 3 full pages of text, not 2 full pages and half of a third)

Due Date:

Due as a Microsoft Word file attachment in Canvas by Tuesday, October 3rd at 11:59pm

Determination of Grades:

Papers receiving a final grade in the “A” range will be, simply put, exemplary. That is, they will be well written in maintaining coherence from point-to-point, sentence-to-sentence, paragraph-to-paragraph. The “A” paper will have rare to no grammatical errors in spelling, punctuation, and the like. In my experience, conferencing with me about drafts of your paper before the due date make achieving this more likely.

Papers receiving a final grade in the “B” range will be, for lack of a better word, good. They will be generally well written but have some minor issues with maintaining coherence, stating and supporting ideas, and making transitions from one idea to another. In addition, the “B” paper will have some infrequent grammatical errors.

Papers receiving a final grade in the “C” range will be simply adequate. They will display some inconsistency in supporting their ideas and maintaining coherence throughout, and will have more frequent grammatical errors while still being of good enough writing quality to make their points discernible.

Papers receiving a final grade of “D” will be of the required length, but have significant enough issues in the areas described above to make their overall points indiscernible due to inconsistency and poor writing.

Failing papers will be those not meeting the minimum requirements of the assignment as laid out in this prompt.


Critical Analysis Assignment Rubric

Critical Analysis Assignment Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction • Give a general statement that introduces the title, author, and overall topic of the essay you will critically analyze. • Clearly state what you believe the author’s purpose is in discussing the essay’s overall topic. • Provide a thesis statement that clearly states whether you believe the author is effective of ineffective in achieving their purpose for discussing the overall topic of the essay. • Provide a general “roadmap” of the author’s methods you will analyze more specifically throughout the body of your paper in demonstrating why he / she is effective or ineffective in achieving their purpose. • Give a statement that transitions to the first body section of your paper.view longer description

25.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody Sections • State the claim that your body section will try to prove. (The author’s methods “roadmapped” in your introduction each serve as claims you’ll try to prove in each body section. So if your introduction “roadmaps” four methods you will analyze in demonstrating whether or not the author effectively achieves their purpose, that means your paper will have four body sections.) • Provide a quotation / example from the essay that you believe shows the author effectively or ineffectively using the method you claim he / she is using. • Give your analysis of specifically how / why the quotation you give demonstrates whether or not the author’s method effectively achieves their purpose for the essay. Demonstrating how your analysis of the author’s particular method in this body section relates back to your introduction’s thesis concerning the author’s overall effectiveness in achieving their essay’s purpose should be a major part of your analysis. • Provide a transition to the next body section. (Your last body section should transition to your paper’s conclusion.)view longer description

50.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion • Restate your overall thesis concerning the author’s effectiveness in achieving the essay’s purpose that your paper worked to prove throughout your body sections. • “Remap the roadmap” of claims you made in each of your body sections in analyzing the author’s particular methods for either effectively or ineffectively achieving their purpose. • Provide a closing statement that sums up your analysis.view longer description

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA Formatting • Provide proper MLA formatting for citing quotations throughout your paper, as well as a properly MLA formatted “Works Cited” page for he essay you analyzed.view longer description

10.0 pts

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