For your second essay, you will write a 750-1000 word evaluation, a persuasive essay where you argue your judgment of a particular topic.
For your second essay, you will write a 750-1000 word evaluation, a persuasive essay where you argue your judgment of a particular topic. While evaluations can also be analytical or informative, the evaluation you’ll write for this assignment will be persuasive—you’ll be trying to convince your audience to accept your evaluation.
We make evaluations every day: when we try to decide where to exercise, what car to buy, where to go to college, what to eat. But often, we decide what we like first, and then—based on our unquestioned assumptions of quality—we make the positive evaluation.
For example, you might say “Lorena’s Café is a great restaurant because they have huge portions and cheap prices.” “How’s the atmosphere?” your mother might ask.
“It’s bright and noisy and has dirty tile floors. But you really get a lot of food. ”An impatient friend might ask: “How’s the service?” “Not so good,” you say. “The wait staff does poorly on tips, so they’re obnoxious and slow. But the food’s cheap.” “How does the food taste?” A foodie friend might wonder. “Eh, it’s so-so, but you sure get a lot of it.” Then, why, everyone will ask, are you telling me this place is great? “Because,” you say, “I’m a poor college student and I eat like a horse. ”The above example, simplistic as it is, shows how we normally evaluate: we decide we like something and then tell everyone that it’s great—without questioning the assumptions of quality upon which we base our opinion. For this essay, we’ll do it the opposite way: first, we’ll fit the topic into a specific category; then we’ll select criteria that fit with the category; then we’ll evaluate the topic against the criteria. To return to our example: If we’d defined Lorena’s as a great restaurant for when you need a pile of food for under ten dollars, we’d have a much more convincing evaluation.
Topics This project is open to basically any topic. You can evaluate consumer products, university policy, films, etc. If you have trouble coming up with a topic, please see me as soon as possible. This unit will move quickly.
Sample Topics: It (film)The Iphone X What laptop to buy A video game A local restaurant A diet
Summary of Grading Criteria
In general, I will be looking for persuasive arguments which meet the demands of genre and audience and include: A thesis which takes a definite, arguable stand Assignment of topic to a category Clear criteria, weighted and matched to the category Evidence showing the extent to which the subject meets or fails to meet criteria
Anticipation and summary of opposing views
Clear, easily understood diction and grammar
My Topic Is Online Education I have attached what I have started already
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