The creation of a critical analysis essay

ENG 122 Summative Assessment Part Two Guidelines and Rubric

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere . . . But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.”

—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Overview The final project for this course is the creation of a critical analysis essay. Writing is a craft that people spend a lifetime refining, and one that allows people to express themselves in various ways. Effective writing has the ability to shape and inform the opinions of its readers. The ability to articulate a message through writing is essential in any career. The writing process can be very intimidating; however, the more you work with it, the more comfortable the process becomes. Something key to remember is that the writing process is never truly complete.

In this assignment, you will revise your first draft from the Milestone One assignment, First Draft of Critical Analysis Essay. Next, you will develop a thesis about the information presented in that reading and support that thesis through a critical analysis essay. There is no right or wrong thesis—it is how you support your thesis that makes your essay effective. To thoroughly revise the work, be sure to refer to your instructor’s feedback.

The project has one milestone, which will scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. This milestone will be submitted in Module Five. The final submission is due in Module Eight.

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

 Discuss stylistically appropriate writing strategies for various audiences, subjects, and purposes  Identify main ideas, supporting evidence, and conclusions through critical analysis for utilizing these components in one’s own writing  Interpret the writing process as a means for generating ideas, drafting, and revising for improving the quality and effectiveness of one’s own writing  Integrate appropriate and qualified evidence into one’s own composition through effective research

Prompt For this essay, you will analyze a reading and develop a thesis about the author’s goal in the article you selected. Once your thesis is established, you will use examples from the reading to support your thesis throughout your essay.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Introduction: This is where readers will have a chance to get an idea of what your essay will be about. Do not give all of your information away here, but give readers a sample of what is to come. Do not forget to review your writing plan to make sure you are hitting all of the points you planned out, while also stating your thesis.

A. Provide an overview of the work you have analyzed, briefly describing main points and your thoughts about the writing. [ENG-122-04]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Compose an engaging thesis that you will support throughout your essay. This statement will give direction to your essay and should be well thought out. [ENG-122-02]

II. Body: The body is your opportunity to describe and support your thesis in depth. Make sure your thoughts and evidence are clear and organized in a way that is easy for readers to follow and understand.

A. Be sure to write multiple paragraphs that are focused, clearly state their intent, and move logically from one to the other, supporting the thesis as the essay progresses. These paragraphs also need to contain evidence from the selected reading. [ENG-122-02]

B. Your body paragraphs should support your thesis by combining thoughts and ideas with evidence from the writing. There is no such thing as a right or wrong evaluation; the key is how your thesis is supported and the quality of the evidence used. [ENG-122-04]

III. Conclusion: Think of the conclusion as a review of your analysis. Use this section to restate your thesis and remind readers of your supporting evidence. Think of this as your last chance to prove your point. You will also reflect upon your experiences with the writing process.

A. Review your analysis and summarize key supporting points that helped form your analysis. This section should consist of a review of your main points employed to support your thesis. [ENG-122-02]

B. Describe how what you have learned about critical thinking, analysis, and revision can be applied to future writing activities in your academic or professional life. [ENG-122-04]

Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Your analysis essay must be 3–4 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and must be written in MLA or APA format. Use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Include at least three references from the selected reading cited in MLA or APA format. Check your writing for errors. Once you have proofread your document, submit it via the Summative Assessment Part Two: Critical Analysis Essay link in Brightspace.

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value Introduction:

Overview [ENG-122-04]

Provides an overview of the work being analyzed (100%)

Provides an overview of the work being analyzed, but it contains issues regarding clarity (55%)

Does not provide an overview of the work being analyzed (0%)

12

Introduction: Thesis [ENG-122-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and thesis is exceptionally clear and concise (100%)

Composes a thesis that covers the analysis that will be developed throughout the essay (85%)

Composes a thesis, but contains issues related to clarity or relevancy (55%)

Does not compose a thesis (0%) 12

Body: Intent [ENG-122-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and writing is well-qualified with specific examples (100%)

Writes multiple paragraphs that are focused, clearly state their intent, and support the thesis (85%)

Writes multiple paragraphs, but writing does not support the thesis (55%)

Does not write multiple paragraphs (0%)

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Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value Body: Body Paragraphs

[ENG-122-04]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and supports thesis with a masterfully constructed combination of thoughts and evidence (100%)

Body paragraphs support thesis by combining thoughts and ideas with evidence (85%)

Body paragraphs support thesis, but do not combine thoughts and ideas with evidence (55%)

Does not support thesis through body paragraphs (0%)

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Conclusion: Review [ENG-122-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and response is clear and contextualized (100%)

Reviews analysis and summarizes key supporting points that helped form the analysis (85%)

Reviews analysis and summarizes key supporting points, but response contains issues regarding alignment to the intent of the thesis (55%)

Does not review analysis (0%) 12

Conclusion: Applied to Future Writing

[ENG-122-04]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and description demonstrates a sophisticated awareness of how learned skills can be applied (100%)

Describes how learned skills can be applied to future personal or professional writing activities (85%)

Describes how learned skills can be applied to future personal or professional writing activities, but response is cursory or lacks clarity (55%)

Does not describe how learned skills can be applied to future personal or professional writing activities (0%)

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Articulation of Response

Submission is free of errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization and is presented in a professional and easy-to-read format (100%)

Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization (85%)

Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas (55%)

 

Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas (0%)

4

Total 100%

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