Argument Analysis-Evaluation Essay                           Name:_____________________________
Evaluation Checklist
       
WR 122, Fall 2010, Prof. C. Agatucci                             Grade:_______________________
Final Draft = 100 pts possible
                                                                                 ____LATE Final Draft will be Penalized points & NO Revision Option allowed

___ Revision Option is allowed because word-processed, correctly formatted Final Draft was submitted on time. However, allowed Optional Revisions will NOT be accepted for re-grading consideration UNLESS both (1) Cora's completed Evaluation Checklist form and (2) your graded "Final Draft" with Cora's critique comments are re-submitted with your Revision.

Yes    or    No    I. Assignment BASIC REQUIREMENTS are met:

__TOPIC CHOICE:   Choose one of the Approved Argument Topic Choices as the topic of your Argument Analysis-Evaluation Essay.
--See Approved Argument Topic Choices for Argument Analysis-Evaluation Essay in MLA Style Works Cited Format -WR 122 - Fall 2010
URL: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/TopicChoicesMLAstyle.htm

___SUGGESTED LENGTH: Approximately 4-to-6 word-processed, double-spaced pages (approximately 1000-1500 words) . . . OR as long as your paper needs to be to meet assignment requirements and get the job done well!  NOTE that in order to avoid plagiarism, your assignment must include MLA-style in-text citations where needed throughout your paper and a separate MLA-style Works Cited page placed at the end of your paper.

___MANUSCRIPT FORM:  Review the Example Student Argument Analysis-Evaluation Essay provided in our Blackboard course as a good model of the manuscript format your should follow in preparing the final draft of this assignment.  See also WR 122 Syllabus and other directions given in class and handouts relevant to this assignment.

PART ONE: (2 paragraphs)

____Paragraph 1.  Introduce and Summarize the Argument: Write a one-paragraph summary identifying the argument’s thesis/central claim, including any relevant qualifications, exceptions, & definitions of key terms; major supporting reasons and significant refutations

___Paragraph 2.  Identify the Aim/s of the Argument: Use Crusius and Channell’s descriptive definitions of the four main aims/types of arguments to classify the aim/s of your chosen argument, and then briefly explain your classification by citing Crusius and Channell and aspects of the argument as justification.

___MLA Style In-Text Citations are integrated correctly & effectively

 
PART TWO Directions (at least 4 paragraphs)

__Paragraph 1: Your Essay Thesis & Main Point Preview  Part Two is an Analysis-Evaluation Essay, so the first paragraph of Part Two should (a) state your thesis and (b) preview your main supporting points (i.e. argument strength/s and weakness/es) listed in the same order you will address them in Part Two body paragraphs. 

___Body Paragraphs 2, 3, 4 (+),  should be consistent with your Paragraph 1 Thesis and Main Point Preview

___Body Paragraphs should demonstrate what you have learned --i.e. some of Crusius and Channell's analytical tools and/or evaluation criteria from (and cite Crusius & Channell appropriately)

___MLA Style In-Text Citations are integrated correctly & effectively

__At Least One STRENGTH: one Part Two Body Paragraph must identify, illustrate, and explain a STRENGTH in the way your chosen argument is written.  Body paragraph should have a clear topic sentence, be unified, well-organized and coherent, and well developed (specific supporting examples from the argument itself should be integrated and cited).  Be sure to identify the evaluation criterion used & explain how/why this aspect of the argument is a strength.

--At Least One WEAKNESS: one Part Two Body Paragraph must identify, illustrate, and explain a WEAKNESS in the way your chosen argument is written. Body paragraph should have a clear topic sentence, be unified, well-organized and coherent, and well developed (specific supporting examples from the argument itself should be integrated and cited).  Be sure to identify the evaluation criterion used & explain how/why this aspect of the argument is a weakness.

--At Least One Additional Strength OR Weakness: At least one Part Two Body Paragraph must identify, illustrate, and explain either a second STRENGTH or a second WEAKNESS in the way your chosen argument is written. The expectations described above also apply to this body paragraph:

PART THREE Directions (at least 1 paragraph)

--Conclusion paragraph: Identify and explain at least two useful lessons you have learned about writing effective arguments from analyzing and evaluating the strength/s and weakness/es of the selected argument for this assignment.

WORKS CITED

____A separate page, placed at the end of your assignment, entitled Works Cited,  provides an alphabetized, doubled-spaced, hanging indented list of your sources, giving full bibliographical information correctly formatted in MLA style on each source cited in your paper.  This page should include a running page header in the top right-hand corner, the page title Works Cited should be centered, and should include at least two MLA-style bibliographical entries: one for your selected argument and one for Crusius and Channell.

Assignment Clarity and Correctness of Written Expression: 

__Clarity of Written Expression is maintained throughout  the essay and strengthens its content and coherence
__Correctness of Written Expression
in Final Draft demonstrates effective proofreading, editing, and proficiency in standard U.S. written English conventions (e.g. grammar, usage, punctuation, and mechanics): that is, the Final Draft has been edited to eliminate major sentence errors (e.g. CS, FS, Frag, Pro Ref, WC, SS) that confuse meaning, and contains few other errors in grammar, usage, punctuation, and mechanics.


Please also review the Example Student Argument Analysis-Evaluation Essay provided in our Blackboard course


FALL 2010 WR 122  Syllabus | Course Plan | WR 122 Course Home Page

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