• April 4th, 2016

Critique Essay

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In this essay, students will be given a text on which to present a more formal evaluation than that which was given in the response essay. Students will evaluate the text in an argumentative fashion using various criteria as directed by the instructor.

Approach and Requirements
In chapter 6 of your textbook, A Brief to Writing from Readings, Stephen Wilhoit writes on page 95:
While response essays focus on your personal reactions to a reading, critiques offer a more formal evaluation. Instead of responding to a reading in light of your experience and feelings, in a critique you evaluate a source text’s quality or worth according to a set of established criteria.
Wilhoit then continues to explain more strategies in writing a critique on pages 96-97 by looking at film review as critique.
For this writing assignment, you will write a critique essay in response to the article “Teaching, Learning, And Millennial Students” by M. Wilson. This article is included in the “eReserves”
When writing your critique essay, you will want to incorporate the analysis of at least one other article in your essay. You should choose any of the articles in the “reserved readings” section of the classroom to include in your critique. You may want to select an article that we have already read as a class. Overall, you may select any articles in the “eReserves” you prefer.
You will cite all sources you refer to in the paper using APA citation style. You will list the sources at the end of the paper using APA style as well.
Your essay should have the following:
• an introduction with a thesis statement.
Wilhoit explains on page 109 that in the introduction you will introduce the topic of the article and provide the title and full name of the author. You also integrate “your thesis and a brief summary of the reading (one or two paragraphs long).” The overall introduction can be, as Wilhoit notes, two or three paragraphs long.

• at least three body paragraphs
As Wilhoit explains on pages 109-110, your body of your essay will “state the criteria of your judgments,” “offer examples,” and “explain your judgments.” This type of analysis will involve at least three paragraphs.

• a concluding paragraph
As Wilhoit instructs on page 110, in your concluding paragraph, you will “wrap up the paper” and “reassert your thesis.” A suggestion made by Wilhoit is that you “mirror” the strategy you used in your opening in your concluding paragraph.

• A References page listing the articles you cited. Please use APA format in listing your sources.

Length: 800-1000 words

Some strategies to consider when writing this essay:
On pages 123-125, Wilhoit demonstrates several strategies in writing a critique essay. Following Wilhoit’s advice, you will evaluate the author’s logic and reasoning and the evidence and examples used in the text. You might also examine the author’s organization and the author’s style.
You will then write and revise your rough draft. Before you submit the essay to your instructor, proofread the summary for grammatical, punctuation, and other errors. Please apply the critique revision checklist (Wilhoit 125) to your essay before you submit it.

According to the text page 99 of WILHOIT
Use these five steps when critique.
1. Read and annotate the text
2. Analyze and evaluate the piece: break it down into its primary parts and judge the quality of each part.

3. write your thesis and decide which aspects of the reading you will focus on in the essay.
4. compose rough draft
5. rewrite your critique.

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