Evaluation Essays “ I write to discover what I know.” Flannery O’Connor
Judgment Making <ul><li>Everyday we judge food, clothes, books, classes, teachers, TV shows, political candidates, films. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I like it or I don’t like it” are common phrases. </li></ul>
Want to be taken seriously? <ul><li>Provide valid reasons for your opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>Your reasons must be based on shared criteria that readers recognize as appropriate for evaluating the particular type of subject. </li></ul>
Appropriate reasons <ul><li>Must reflect the values or standards typically used in evaluating the thing under consideration, such as a film, a poker game or a car. </li></ul>
Examples: <ul><li>Acting, musical score and story line are common standards for judging a film, because the theatre was too cold or the popcorn too buttery are not. </li></ul>
Valid Support <ul><li>Using the support of experts in the subject is important because it deals in specifics. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper evaluation is intelligently rigorous—not general in nature. </li></ul>
Importance of learning this genre. <ul><li>College students have many opportunities to judge: </li></ul><ul><li>Critiquing a book or journal article, judge aspects of course work, assess the value of conflicting interpretations of a historical event or a short story, or evaluate your progress in a class. </li></ul>
What do you think is important? <ul><li>This is the basis of all Evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and writing evaluations will help you understand your own values as well as those of others. </li></ul>
How do you bridge the differences of conflicting opinion? <ul><li>Show respect for other’s concerns despite your disagreement by noting the differences and countering them within your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>This is what counterargument is all about. </li></ul>
Counterarguing <ul><li>Important for winning your argument. </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, to evaluate something falls under the umbrella of Argumentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Without countering, you risk losing your reader’s attention or trust in your logic. </li></ul>
Creating Common Ground <ul><li>In order to engage your reader, figure out a way to create common ground—this is your hook—the thing that makes the reader want to read on. </li></ul>
Creativity in Evaluation <ul><li>Choice of subject matter, creation of common ground with the reader, careful choice of outside sources and quotes, use of showing techniques and active verbs, a strong sense of voice and choice of detail all demonstrate the use of creativity and show the reader you care. </li></ul>
Where does the Imagination Fit in? <ul><li>Einstein said, “The new idea is found in the imagination, not in the mind.” Of course, you must create a reasonable argument, but that does not mean to ignore your creative self. </li></ul>
And, finally… <ul><li>I will repeat the Flannery O’Connor quote found on the first slide: “I write to discover what I know.” </li></ul><ul><li>With everything you write, the writer should learn something about himself or herself. That is the powerful secret behind writing. </li></ul>
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