Project #84724 - critique essay

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Writing Assignment #2: Critique Essay

Writing Assignment #2 will be a critique essay.

General Description from the syllabus

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.  The paper will be written in at least two drafts, with due dates noted in the Course Schedule.  The student will receive feedback from peers on the first draft.  The student will then submit a revision of the critique essay for grading.

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 “First Year Students’ Experiences with Technology: Are They Really Digital Natives?” by Kennedy et al.  This article is included in the EReserves section of your classroom.

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 ERserves 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: 1000-1200 words

Some strategies to consider when writing this essay:
On pages 123-125, Wilhoit demonstrates several strategies in writing a critique essay.  In following the advice from Wilhoit, 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.

A critique revision checklist is provided on page 125.  Please apply this checklist to your response essay before you submit it.

In an essay of 1000-1200 words, learner composes a good critique of the assigned article, consisting primarily of the student’s critique points and only minimally on summary of the essay, using a good variety of critiquing methods, and always attributing the ideas to the authors throughout the essay:  20

To support the learner’s approach to the primary essay, the learner also clearly and insightfully incorporates the analysis of at least one other article from the Reserved Readings section of the classroom in the essay:  15

Strong, well-developed introduction paragraph, grabbing the reader’s attention, offering a brief summary of the article, and presenting a thesis statement that presents the student’s overall critique of the article:  10

At least three strong, well-developed body paragraphs in which each paragraph clearly states the criteria for the student’s judgments, offer examples specifically geared toward supporting those judgments, and thoroughly explains the student’s judgments: 20

Conclusion paragraph in which the student reiterates his or her overall response to the essay, echoing the thesis:  10

All sources are cited carefully and thoroughly in the text of the essay with APA-correct in-text citations after paraphrases and quotations, and in a full and correctly-formatted end references page, with each source reference in complete and correct APA style:  15

Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation:  10




Please See Course Schedule for Due Dates.



Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/04/2015 12:00 am
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