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 â€œworks citedâ€ 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.)
â€œEthics and the New Geneticsâ€ (132â€“142)
â€œFaith and Diplomacyâ€ (34â€“44)
â€œAIDS, Inc.â€ (151â€“163)
â€œOnce Upon a Quinceaneraâ€ (45-63)
â€œIt Gets Better and Action Makes it Betterâ€ (425-433)
â€œAfter Lifeâ€ (Posted on Canvas, 87-102)
Assignments should be formatted as follows:
- 12-point font
- Times New Roman
- 1â€ inch margins
- 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 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 â€œAâ€ 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 â€œAâ€ 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 â€œBâ€ 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 â€œBâ€ paper will have some infrequent grammatical errors.
Papers receiving a final grade in the â€œCâ€ 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 â€œDâ€ 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
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction â€¢ Give a general statement that introduces the title, author, and overall topic of the essay you will critically analyze. â€¢ Clearly state what you believe the authorâ€™s purpose is in discussing the essayâ€™s overall topic. â€¢ 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. â€¢ Provide a general â€œroadmapâ€ of the authorâ€™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. â€¢ Give a statement that transitions to the first body section of your paper.view longer description
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody Sections â€¢ State the claim that your body section will try to prove. (The authorâ€™s methods â€œroadmappedâ€ in your introduction each serve as claims youâ€™ll try to prove in each body section. So if your introduction â€œroadmapsâ€ 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.) â€¢ 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. â€¢ Give your analysis of specifically how / why the quotation you give demonstrates whether or not the authorâ€™s method effectively achieves their purpose for the essay. Demonstrating how your analysis of the authorâ€™s particular method in this body section relates back to your introductionâ€™s thesis concerning the authorâ€™s overall effectiveness in achieving their essayâ€™s purpose should be a major part of your analysis. â€¢ Provide a transition to the next body section. (Your last body section should transition to your paperâ€™s conclusion.)view longer description
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion â€¢ Restate your overall thesis concerning the authorâ€™s effectiveness in achieving the essayâ€™s purpose that your paper worked to prove throughout your body sections. â€¢ â€œRemap the roadmapâ€ of claims you made in each of your body sections in analyzing the authorâ€™s particular methods for either effectively or ineffectively achieving their purpose. â€¢ Provide a closing statement that sums up your analysis.view longer description
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA Formatting â€¢ Provide proper MLA formatting for citing quotations throughout your paper, as well as a properly MLA formatted â€œWorks Citedâ€ page for he essay you analyzed.view longer description