What is an Evaluation Essay? Length: 900-1500 words Sources: 2+ credible web & 1
What is an Evaluation Essay?
Length: 900-1500 words
Sources: 2+ credible web & 1 library database sources
For your Evaluation Essay, you will answer the question “How do you think this problem can be solved locally?”
Building from your Profile Essay where you examined in depth what one organization is doing to solve the problem, you are now tasked with solving the problem on your own, which may incorporate some of the methods from that group, along with other groups you looked into along the way, and your own ideas. The twist from your Proposal Essay, though, is that you are looking at a local solution to this problem. While you may decide to use the same solution from your Proposal Essay, the structure and research of this will be different as rather than a nation- or worldwide solution, you are looking at a local solution–community, region, or state. You are continuing to use the same problem that you began back in your Expository Essays, but if you change your topic for any reason, you should revise those previous papers.
In our examination of Identity & Worldview this term, you have considered a nation- or worldwide problem that is bigger than yourself, but now we are focusing on the solutions and their efficacy: What is the best way to solve this problem at the local or community level? What are local groups/organizations/influencers proposing for a solution? How can this problem be solved within your community? This essay will introduce your solution to the problem, address counterarguments/failings of the solution, and prove why your solution is the best.
The difference between the Proposal and Evaluation Essays is that the Proposal looks at a large-scale, nation- or worldwide solution using the Toulmin Structure and the Evaluation Essay addresses a similar solution but at a local level (community, region, or state) using the Rogerian Structure.
Unlike your Expressive Essays, you will not use personal experiences, but instead, use credible web and library database materials for support. Consider making an appointment with a librarian for research help. You can use some of the same sources you used in your Expository and/or Proposal Essays.
What does the Writing Process look like for an Evaluation Essay?
Review “What does the Writing Process look like?” found under “Where to Start.”
Read through the prompt and topic ideas, then think about the solution used for your Proposal Essay: Can this same solution work within your community? How does the problem look at a local level, the same as the global issue or different? Why does a specific region need a different or adaptation of the solution? Give yourself a few days to think about what solution you could offer and explore other solutions you may have not used in your Profile or Proposal Essays.
In order to look for topics in an unbiased manner, I suggest using DuckDuckGo as it will remove all the Algorithms Google uses for your results, removing any unconscious biases Google has collected on you.
This step can come either after the Pre-Writing, during Organization, or continue into Drafting and Revision; potentially at all stages. This depends upon your Research Process, how informed you want to be before writing, or later adding detail where your paper is lacking.
Be careful to use unbiased sources, or if you are looking to see various viewpoints on the topic, be aware of the bias to include this for your audience.
Start with the research you used in your Expository & Proposal Essays, then find additional materials.
Use Web Research found under “Research/MLA.”
You have practiced writing structured essays, but this paper will be a bit different. Start with your thesis statement that includes the problem, solution, and who will enforce it. Then, set up your outline using one of the “Suggested/Possible Outline for Rogerian” found on Argument Models. Start with your topic sentences, then fill in with the research and support you found on the web and via the library databases. Likely, this outline will be more extensive than previous units, so give yourself plenty of time to draft this; also, the more complete your outline, the easier drafting will be.
Build on your Outline by making your bulleted ideas and research into complete sentences. With your first draft, don’t concern yourself with being perfect–just get your ideas on paper.
Start adding in your research materials; click on “Incorporating Research” found under “Where to Start.” Don’t worry about correct MLA citation–just give it a shot as you can fix it up in the Revision stage. You may find yourself using excessive quotations on your first draft, and that’s okay for now, but as you revise, you will change most of these into paraphrases. However, make sure you note which quotation or paraphrase came from which source.
Once you have a solid body paragraph structure, write your preliminary Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs.
Remember that the Writing Process is recursive, so you will draft and revise many times before getting to the final project.
Look at the rubric, so you know how this Essay will be graded. Empower yourself by knowing how you will earn points.
Read through your paper for thesis, structure, and support concerns, using “Revision” techniques found under “Where to Start.”
Begin your revision by looking at the “big point-value” items, moving on to the lesser point-value items. I think it’s best to start with the thesis statement and topic sentences before moving on to the cohesion of paragraphs and clarity of ideas. You can then work to have transitions between and within your paragraphs and access the effectiveness of support.
MLA prefers paraphrases over quotations as paraphrases are easier to seamlessly integrate into your writing as you don’t need to worry about fixing tense, hanging pronouns, or other irregularities. At least half of your source material should be paraphrases, meaning use far fewer quotations than paraphrases.
With any research-based paper, you may find that your body paragraphs include quite a bit of research, which is fine. Just keep your sources out of the topic and concluding sentences of body paragraphs, cite everything, and vary your sources within each paragraph, so you don’t appear too reliant on any one source.
Ask yourself if your paper answers the assignment question and fulfills the guidelines.
Then, read through your paper looking for grammar and language concerns, using “Editing” techniques found under “Where to Start.” It’s best to focus on major structural changes before concerning yourself with small concerns.
Fix your citation, using MLA Guides found under “Research/MLA.”
Before submitting your Essay, make sure you have the following:
Attend our Virtual Class or post your 250-word summary/analysis of meeting content. You must post this before submitting your Essay; if you post this afterward, I cannot offer you credit.
Set up your essay using MLA format, including heading, header, and Works Cited (if needed). You were not asked to use sources in this paper, but if you chose to, cite these in-text and on your Works Cited using MLA.
Your file name should include the Essay Name and your name, something like ACarlson_Essay 3. Save your essay as Microsoft Word .docx or .rtf or a .gdoc through your ECC Google account.
Before submitting your Revision, make sure you have the following:
Attend an Instructor/Write Place meeting to discuss your paper. While I prefer you complete this prior to posting your Essay, you must complete this prior to posting your Revision; if you attend a meeting afterwards, I cannot offer you credit.
Read through the in-line feedback I offer you in addition to the general commentary in the note and rubric grade determination. If you have any questions about my commentary and/or would like additional feedback on your revision, request another meeting.
Revise the thesis, structure, and support to earn the most possible points and edit the grammar and language to reflect an academic paper. Fix any MLA citation concerns and revise excessive quotations.