Unit 3: Evaluation Essay
Rough Draft Due: Submit Unit 3 (Evaluation Essay) to the dropbox labeled “Unit 3 (Evaluation Essay) Rough Draft” by Wednesday, April 14th at 9:35 a.m. (Central Time) (This essay must be completed according to the assignment guidelines outlined in the assignment sheet for the author to receive credit for completing the assignment and to be eligible to participate in the peer review session)
Final Draft Due: Unit 3 (Evaluation Essay) due in dropbox marked “Unit 3 (Evaluation Essay) Final Draft” by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, April 21st; no late Evaluation Essays will be accepted.
Purpose: In an evaluation essay, your goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of something by developing criteria, or standards to judge the thing, ranking those criteria in order to focus on the most important criteria, and then applying the criteria to evaluate how effectively the thing meets the criteria.
Think, for instance, of an album. If you were evaluating an album, then you would have to create criteria to evaluate the album. So, two of your criteria might be the number of awards that the album won and how many times the singer said the word “the.” If you were evaluating whether or not this was a great album, then you would have to rank the criteria by which criteria were the most important in determining if the album was great or not. In this case, the number of awards the album won would probably be more important in determining its greatness, so you would probably focus on that criterion rather than the amount of times the singer used the word “the.”
Tasks (How to write this essay):
Skills (Learning Outcomes Achieved): Demonstrate understanding of and ability to read and respond to
the demands of the rhetorical situation (author, audience, and
subject) in both oral and written communication.
Read critically and analyze various types of assigned readings on
the basis of structure, pattern, and meaning in order to produce
original papers that show development of topic through
organization (such as topic sentence, support of the central idea
through details, and rhetorical patterns).
Invent, write, revise, edit, and rewrite formal essays in response
to readings which develop appropriate rhetorical patterns (i.e.,
narration, example, process, comparison/contrast, classification,
cause/effect, definition, argumentation) and other special
function(s) (i.e., literary analysis or research) while
demonstrating writing skills from process to product.
Produce final papers that show growth in principles of good
writing, such as organization (e.g., introduction/body/conclusion
or outlining), development (clarifying transitions between
sentences and paragraphs), unity (connected ideas), and which
demonstrate an understanding of the substance of the topic.
Complete at least one writing assignment that demonstrates a
limited use of MLA documentation form and basic research
Participate in collaborative work with other students via small
group discussions and presentations, workshop-style classes
devoted to particular issues (such as paragraph structure or voice
and tone), and produce, accept, and use constructively feedback
from writing instructors, other students, and other university
writers/instructors to take control of your own writing.
Create mechanically sound papers relatively free of errors in
grammar and mechanics.
Criteria for success: Please consult with the rubric for this assignment.