The Critical Analysis Essay Assignment
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Word Length: 750 words minimum; 1000 words maximum
Critical Analysis is an examination of how logically an author has argued his or her case. You are considering whether the argument can stand up to close, objective examination.
Your task is to assess the validity of an argument, outline its limits, and explain why it does or does not seem sound, logical, or well-supported.
The Critical Analysis Assignment asks you to choose one of the essays and write at least 750 word essay in response.
You can choose from any of the following essays:
Bruce Mau, Imagining the Future, The Walrus
George Monbiot, In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant, The Guardian
Bruce Mau, Is the World Getting Better or Worse?, The Walrus
Kim Stanley Robinson, Empty half the Earth of its humans. It’s the only way to save the planet, The Guardian
Kate Harris, Where Not to Travel in 2019, or Ever, The Walrus
Consider the following as you read your chosen essay
What assumptions has the author made about the topic and about their readers? Note that making incorrect assumptions (faulty premises) in these areas makes the logical foundation unsound and can undermine the validity of the the entire argument.
What evidence has the author used to support his or her thesis? Is the evidence accurate and authoritative? How do you know? Is there any evidence that the author should have included but did not? An argument can be logical only if offers adequate, appropriate supporting evidence.
Do you think the author has made an argument that most people would find persuasive? If so, why? If not, what error did he or she make? When we write, we write from our own perspective or point of view. This is called bias. What is the authors bias? How do you know? What would be different in the article if the author had a different bias?
What is your own bias as a reader? How does who you are influence how you read the essay?
1. Write at least 4 complete paragraphs for a minimum of 750 words.
2. Identify the title of the reading and the author by their full name in your introduction paragraph. Put the readings title in quotation marks. Subsequently, you do not have to refer to the full title, and you can refer to the author by their last name only.
3. Give examples (direct quotes, paraphrases, summaries) from your chosen essay to clearly and directly support your conclusions.
4. Integrate your quotes grammatically into your sentence structure.
5. Provide in-text citations that are correctly formatted according to your chosen citation style.
6. Provide a bibliography of your sources, even if it is only the original essay, formatted according to your chosen citation style.
Introduction Paragraph: What work are you analysing? Who was it written by? When was it it written? Where was it published? What is the subject? What is its take or stand on its subject (its thesis)?
First Body Paragraph – Description: Outline and summarize the article, briefly noting the arguments it makes and the ways in which it makes them. Offer background information about the piece, particularly noting why and for what audience it seems to have been written.
Second (to Third) Body Paragraph(s) – Analysis: Discuss the validity of the arguments made in the essay. Examine the ways in which the arguments were made. Explore any faults in logic or gaps in reasoning. Analyze the authors bias and your own bias.
Conclusion Paragraph: After stating the overall impression the article makes, judge whether or not it was effectively written and logically argued. Explain how the essay could have been improved in its language and logic.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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