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Must reflect the values or standards typically used in evaluating the thing under consideration, such as a film, a poker game or a car.
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.
Using the support of experts in the subject is important because it deals in specifics.
Proper evaluation is intelligently rigorous—not general in nature.
Importance of learning this genre.
College students have many opportunities to judge:
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.
What do you think is important?
This is the basis of all Evaluation.
Reading and writing evaluations will help you understand your own values as well as those of others.
How do you bridge the differences of conflicting opinion?
Show respect for other’s concerns despite your disagreement by noting the differences and countering them within your essay.
This is what counterargument is all about.
Important for winning your argument.
Yes, to evaluate something falls under the umbrella of Argumentation.
Without countering, you risk losing your reader’s attention or trust in your logic.
Creating Common Ground
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.
Creativity in Evaluation
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.
Where does the Imagination Fit in?
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.
I will repeat the Flannery O’Connor quote found on the first slide: “I write to discover what I know.”
With everything you write, the writer should learn something about himself or herself. That is the powerful secret behind writing.