88.9: A Harmonious Occupation

By Charlie McFadden

Instructor Resources

Evaluation Argument: Topics and Rhetorical Purpose

For this essay, you'll analyze and evaluate a specific person, place, or thing of your choice: your father or mother or sister or brother; your favorite restaurant; your high school; your favorite elementary, junior high, or high school teacher; the best or worst coach you've ever had; your best friend . . .

There are many possible topics, so don't hesitate to ask me if you need help or would like suggestions. Experience has shown me that the best evaluation arguments almost always deal with a tangible topic: a real place, a real person, etc. Do not plan, however, to write a book review, a movie review, etc. Let's talk if you're confused or have questions.

Your primary goals are to define and evaluate your topic via the use of major and minor claims and specific evidence.

Submission Procedures

For the first submission of this assignment, you'll turn in a paper copy (submitted in class) and an electronic copy (via Google Classroom) of this argument. I will read and grade this submission, recording a provisional grade in the grade book. After I return your graded copy, with comments, you will have the rest of the semester to revise the essay. On the last day of class, Tuesday, April 30, you will turn in your revised copy. In other words, this assignment has two separate submission deadlines and components:

First, about several weeks after the start of the semester, you will submit your essay two ways:

1. a printed, paper copy, following MLA format guidelines
2. an electroniccopy,via our Google Classroom

Then, at the end of the semester, you will a submit revision of the assignment. You'll submit three things:

1. the original, graded writtenversion
2. a printed, paper copy of the revised version
3. an electronic copy of the revised version

Other Relevant Criteria

Points: 0-84

Length: 4-6 pages (1" margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt font or its equivalent)

Highlighted Criteria: data/evidence (specific information, reasons, examples, etc.); major and minor claims; transitions; organization; clarity; originality; and creativity

No outside sources are to be used. You need to be familiar enough with the topic to construct and support your own claims.

You can definitely use "I" in this assignment.

We'll talk in class about writing focused, unified claims; offering specific, relevant evidence; and using "signposts" to move readers through your work in a smooth fashion. So, pay particular attention to these areas as you write and revise your essay.