ASSIGNMENT SHEET 3—Justifying an Evaluation

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ASSIGNMENT SHEET 4—Justifying an Evaluation

Due dates: Rough draft M 3/28

Second typed draft F 4/1

Final draft F 4/8

Purpose: Write an essay evaluates a subject (such as a film, television or radio program, magazine, computer game, music album, concert, play, dance performance, an actor’s performance, or a player’s performance). You will reach your evaluation using standards of value that readers will deem as appropriate for judging the subject.

Your general purpose is to convince your readers to see your evaluation as valid or to agree with it. To do so, you must (1) define appropriate standards of value to evaluate your subject, (2) apply those standards to reach an evaluation, (3) provide readers with convincing support (concrete details, expert opinions, etc.).

Topic: Choose a subject that has a “text,” a source from which you can quote to support your argument. Obviously, a book has a text, but so do television shows, films, dance performances, concerts, and the like. (See CEL 344 + 346 to help you find a topic).

Audience: Do not assume that your audience is familiar with what you are evaluating!


1. Choosing an inappropriate subject—one that requires no research, too much research, or has no source to document; or one that is too broad (war movies rather than one particular movie).

2. Failing to assert a strong judgment.

3. Failing to sufficiently describe the subject for readers who may be unfamiliar with it.

4. Seeking to evaluate the subject from memory only (writers should not attempt to evaluate a film, e.g., unless they have an opportunity to see it two or three times, nor should they evaluate a novel unless they have time to reread it)

5. Failing to apply appropriate standards of evaluation (writers should not attempt to evaluate a movie, e.g., unless they know its genre, such as horror, American western, romantic comedy, and can determine suitable standards of evaluation for the particular genre)

6. Failing to support the judgment with evidence (details from the “text”)

7. Focusing on the writer and using “I” instead of focusing on the subject.

Format & Length Requirements: You must

• use a 12-point Times New Roman font

• type, double-space, and paginate your paper throughout

• include on the first page of your paper the assignment block as shown on page 635 of your Harbrace Handbook

• include a work cited page

Failing to meet the above requirement will incur a penalty on your essay grade.

Your final paper must be between 550-750 words—not more, not less.

Submission below the minimum or above the maximum length will be returned ungraded. No exceptions.


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