Organization of Evaluations Mr. Alex K. Magnuson Adapted from FG
Remember the Key Features: • A concise description/summary of the subject • Just enough information to let readers who may not be familiar with your subject understand it. • Summary should not overtake the evaluation! • Clearly defined criteria • For our purposes, announce the criteria explicitly! • No less than three (3) criteria and no more than five (5) criteria • A knowledgeable discussion of the subject • You have to convince the readers you know the movie! • You may choose to cite from other sources and reviews to either support your arguments or refute counter arguments. • Outside sources should only be used to enhance; they should be limited and should not detract from the evaluation! • A balanced and fair assessment • Something is not all good or all bad • Well-supported reasons
Considering the Rhetorical Situation • PURPOSE: • Are you writing to affect your audience's opinion? Do you want to help others make a decision? • AUDIENCE: • What will your audience expect to learn from your evaluation? Are they likely to agree with you or not? • STANCE: • How will you show that you have evaluated the subject fairly and appropriately? What tone will you use?
Thesis Statement • Your THESIS STATEMENT should balance both pros and cons: • Ex. 1: “Fight Club is a great film—but not for children.” This example offers a judgment but qualifies it according to the writer's criteria; however, it is basic. • Ex. 2: Although the plot of Voices of a Distant Star sometime ventures into the realm of disbelief and muddled confusion, it nevertheless captures the difficult emotions of want, despair, and hope and shows the viewer a world that embraces all three through an unbreakable connection between two people.