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  • A Definition of Evaluation
    Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations A Definition of Evaluation Kate Kiefer English Professor Like most specific assignments that teachers give writing evaluations mirrors what happens so often in our day to day lives Every day we decide whether the temperature is cold enough to need a light or heavy jacket whether we re willing to spend money on a good book or a good movie whether the prices at the grocery store tell us to keep shopping at the same place or somewhere else for a better value Academic tasks rely on evaluation just as often Is a source reliable Does an argument convince Is the article worth reading So writing evaluation helps students make this often unconscious daily task more overt and prepares them to examine ideas facts arguments and so on more critically T o evaluate is to assess or appraise Evaluation is the process of examining a subject and rating it based on its important features We determine how much or how little we value something arriving at our judgment on the basis of criteria that we can define We evaluate when we write primarily because it is almost impossible to avoid doing

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  • Uses for Evaluation
    Effects of Audience Parts of an Evaluation Overall Claim Supporting Judgments Criteria Evidence Comparison and Contrast The Process of Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Uses for Evaluation C onsider a time recently when you decided to watch a movie There were at least two kinds of evaluation available to you through the media the rating system and critical reviews Newspapers and magazines radio and TV programs all provide critical evaluations for their readers and viewers Many movie goers consult more than one media reviewer to adjust for bias Most movie goers also consider the rating system especially if they are deciding to take children to a movie In addition most people will also ask for recommendations from friends who have already seen the movie Whether professional or personal judgments like these are based on the process of evaluation The terminology associated with the elements of this process criteria evidence and judgment might seem alien to you but you have undoubtedly used these elements almost every time you have

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  • Types of Written Evaluation
    Parts of an Evaluation Overall Claim Supporting Judgments Criteria Evidence Comparison and Contrast The Process of Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Types of Written Evaluation Q uite a few of the assignments writers are given at the university

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  • Reviews
    Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Reviews O ne type of written evaluation that most people are familiar with is the review Reviewers will attend performances events or places like restaurants movies or concerts basing their evaluations on their

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  • Critical Writing
    and Contrast The Process of Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Critical Writing R eviews are a type of critical writing but there are other types of critical writing which focus on objects like works of art or literature rather than on events and performances Literary criticism for instance is a way of establishing the worth or literary merit of a text on the basis of certain established criteria When we write about literary texts we do so using one of many critical lenses viewing the text as it addresses matters like form culture historical context gender and class to name a few Deciding whether a text is good or bad is a matter of establishing which lens you are viewing that text through and using the appropriate set of criteria to do so For example we might say that a poem by an obscure Nineteenth Century African American poet is not good or useful in terms of formal characteristics like rhyme meter or diction but we might judge

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  • Response Essays
    Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Response Essays O ne very common type of academic writing is the response essay In many different disciplines we are asked to respond to something that we read or observe Some types of response like the interpretive response simply ask us to explain a

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  • Problem Solving Essays
    Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Problem Solving Essays I n writing assignments which focus on issues policies or phenomena we are often asked to propose possible solutions for identifiable problems This type of essay requires evaluation on two levels First of all it demands that we use evaluation in order to

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  • Arguing Essays
    Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Arguing Essays W ritten argument is a type of evaluative writing particularly when it focuses on a claim of value like The death penalty is cruel and ineffective or policy claim like Oakland s Ebonics program is an effective way of

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