Writing the Evaluation Essay Understanding Critical Analysis Chapter 7 p. 102 Purpose for this essay



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Writing the Evaluation Essay

  • Understanding Critical Analysis
  • Chapter 7 p. 102

Purpose for this essay

Evaluation=Argument

Evaluation VS. Opinion

  • Your purpose in this essay will be to make a value judgment and support that value judgment with clear standards and specific evidence.
  • Goal in this essay is not only to express your viewpoint about a product, but persuade your audience to accept your judgment.

Topic Selection

  • Consumer products
    • Cosmetics
    • Types of foods
  • Tech toys
      • Cell phones
      • Mp3 players
      • Computers
      • Video gaming systems
        • Specific games
    • Clothing Brands
    • Automobiles--in a specific class (pick-ups, sports cars, alternative fuels)

Developing Sub Points

  • Write a compare/contrast of two items in the same class or category
    • Presidential candidates
    • Ford pick-up VS. Chevy
      • Show the similarities/differences, strength/weaknesses
  • Do an analysis of one item: why the Ford F150 is your choice after reviewing all other pick-ups in the same class

Develop Criteria=Standards

  • Standards that every pick-up you look at must meet:
    • Gas mileage
    • Towing ability
    • Design
    • Safety
    • price

Organizing the Outline: Prewriting (required)

  • Create a Criteria log to help organize your and plan the essay
    • List your criteria
    • Gather your evidence
    • Make your judgment about each criteria
  • Conclusion
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Description of Subject
  • Introduction
  • Page 103
  • This is one possible, there are 2 others in the book.

Assignment-Evaluation

  • You pick a topic
  • You MUST have 3 outside sources for this paper and a one quote per body paragraph=no grade without it!
  • Work Cited Page (ABC Order)
  • TNR/Ariel/Dble Spce/12 font
  • 1,500-2,000 words (2-3pages)
  • Due on Wednesday 3/3/13
  • Worth 140 points

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