Iâ€™m asking you to write an
evaluation of an approved article. The article you choose should offer an argument, a commentary on a
particular topic, not simply explain other peopleâ€™s arguments or convey information.From this
Your essay will need to briefly summarize the article, construct a thesis, and ultimately analyze
how effectively the essay employs specific rhetorical strategies (i.e. ethos, pathos, and logos) and/or
Whatever article you choose, keep these principles in mind as you write your evaluation:
* Make sure you indicate clearly the author and title of the work youâ€™re using, and, if itâ€™s from a
website, send me the link to the article.
* Summarize the arguments made by the article early in the intro your essay, so that a reader
knows what youâ€™re responding to. Specifically, you should indicate what specific claims
and rhetorical and/or writing strategies used by the author that you will analyze and
evaluate. The goal is not to talk about as many elements as possible but instead to focus on
those elements that you feel most contribute to the persuasiveness of the articleâ€™s overall
* Make sure you convey to your reader why the article youâ€™ve chosen is worth addressing.
In other words, your essay should be able to answer the question â€œso what?â€ You need to
construct a thesis that explains why the rhetorical and/or writing strategies are mostly
convincing or unconvincing. At the end of the introductory paragraph, your thesis
statement should be multiple sentences because each rhetorical strategy is convincing or
unconvincing in a different way.
So, for the rhetorical critique, make sure that your
thesis statement offers a sentence for each rhetorical strategy that explains
strategy is convincing or unconvincing.
Refer to the student example essay or the
Structure of the Rhetorical Critique Essay
, as models for a strong and
developed thesis for your essay.
* Depending on your essayâ€™s thesis statement, your first body paragraph will need to be either a
concession paragraph or tip-your-hat paragraph to build credibility with your audience. If
your thesis finds the rhetorical and/or writing strategies mostly convincing, then you will
need a concession paragraph that explains how a specific rhetorical and/or writing strategy
is weak. If your thesis outlines the ways in which the rhetorical and/or writing strategies
are mostly weak, then you need the first body paragraph to tip its hat, explaining how a
specific rhetorical and/or writing strategy is strong and convincing.
* Write a conclusion that does more than just summarize your earlier statements. You might
consider explaining why your analysis of this article matters or offer a â€œcall-to-armsâ€
statement, asking readers to support a specific idea or solution.
* Avoid arguing with the article from your belief system. You need to perform a rhetorical
critique, which explains why the rhetorical strategies and writing strategies are convincing
or unconvincing. This is NOT an ideas critique where you employ your belief system to
support or debunk a writerâ€™s ideas. Refer to the handout,
Structure of a Rhetorical
, as a guide to help you develop your body paragraphs.
*Give your essay a creative title.
Keep the conventions of grammar, spelling, and punctuation in mind as you write.
5 pages,Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Normal margins.