Directions: Write a detailed evaluation of any one of the following essays from They Say/I Say, Chapter 16 or Chapter 18:
Chapter 16: ” How Can We Bridge the Differences That Divide Us?”
Sean Blanda: “The Other Side Is Not Dumb”
danah boyd: “Why America Is Self-Segregating”
Michelle Alexander: “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”
J. D. Vance: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”
Gabriela Moro: “Minority Student Clubs: Segregation or Integration?”
Robert Leonard: “Why Rural America Voted for Trump”
Joseph Stiglitz: “A Tax System Stacked against the 99 Percent”
Barack Obama: “Howard Commencement Address”
Chapter 18: “Are We in a Race Against the Machine?”
Nicholas Carr: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
Clive Thompson: “Smarter than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better”
Michaela Cullington: “Does Texting Affect Writing?”
Jenna Wortham: “How I Learned to Love Snapchat”
Carole Cadwalladr: “Google, Democracy and the Truth about Internet Search”
Kenneth Goldsmith: “Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet”
Sherry Turkle: “No Need to Call”
Zeynep Tufecki: “Does a Protest’s Size Matter?”
*Include an introductory paragraph consisting of your thesis statement and well-developed lead-in sentences, at least three or four body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.
*Include numerous direct quotations from the essay you are evaluating. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a “D” for the assignment
*The essay must be 1000-1500 words, double-spaced, 12-point size type, Times New Roman font
*The essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment to Blackboard’s Assignment 3 Dropbox.
Additional Information for Writing an Evaluation Essay
This is an evaluation essay–-one in which you will both summarize and analyze. Your primary objective should not be to present your own viewpoint of the article’s topic; rather, your objective is to demonstrate, through summary and analysis, an understanding of the article’s structure, purpose, techniques and, ultimately, its persuasive effectiveness.
In this essay, you will include the following:
– a summary of the author’s thesis
– a summary of the essay’s organizational approach or structure
– a summary of the author’s key points he/she includes to support the thesis
– an analysis of the effectiveness of the author’s argument, including an evaluation of strong and weak aspects of the argument
– Identification and analysis of argumentative techniques, appeals, traits. For example, appeals to logic/reason (logos), appeals to emotion (pathos), appeals to credibility (ethos), author’s tone/style
– an inclusion of short, direct supporting quotations throughout the supporting paragraphs to exemplify your points. (Failure to meet this requirement will result in a “D” for the assignment.)
* The essay must include an introduction, several supporting paragraphs (at least three), and a conclusion.
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