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  • Agenda: Evaluative Writing Goal 1: Understand evaluative thinking and writing organization Activity: Observe, listen, question, take notes Goal 2: Apply and synthesize all writing skills necessary in evaluative writing Activity: Write evaluative process essay on topic of choice; peer- and self-assess
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  • Evaluative thinking is the deepest level of thinking. Blooms Taxonomy Knowledge Comprehension Application Analysis Synthesis Evaluation
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  • Evaluative Thinking Step 1: Determine criteria (expectations, requirements, standards)
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  • Evaluative Thinking Step 2: Rank criteria by importance
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  • Evaluative Thinking Step 3: Compare-contrast item (literary selection, medicine, machine) with each criterion
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  • Evaluative Thinking Step 4: Come to a decision about how closely the item fits with criteria
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  • Evaluative writing combines other types of writing. Comparison-contrast expository writing Analytical writing Argumentative writing
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  • The format for an evaluative essay is much the same as for other essays, including argumentative, analytical and expository: compare-contrast essays Introduction: hook + explanation of evaluative criteria + statement of evaluative decision [claim, thesis] Each body paragraph: comparing and contrasting the item to each criterion + analytical examples [reasons, details] Conclusion: further statement of evaluative decision (claim, thesis) + recommendation (full or with limitations) or not [call to action, wrap-up]
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  • Evaluative essays might be called reviews, assessments, or performance evaluations or performance reports. The criteria used to compare and contrast with the item are determined by the particulars of the item. As examples, a review of a poem may include criteria about such topics as audience, purpose, diction, syntax, rhythm, rhyme, and figurative language and other literary devices. an performance evaluation of a medicine might include criteria about such topics as targeted population, impact on health condition of patient, side effects, and price.
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  • Choose either ascending or descending order of importance for the order of each body paragraph with its criterion. Consider audience, purpose, and original ranking of importance when deciding which paragraph order to use. Each body paragraph should compare and contrast the item with one criterion and should be filled with examples about the item that show the writers statement about the criterion and the item.
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  • After website research, the next steps on website evaluation project: 1.Compute totals for each website 2.Sort in ascending or descending order of importance 3.Group (3 per paragraph?) to create body paragraphs 4.Write body paragraphs 5.Write introduction and conclusion 6.Write works cited final draft 7.Edit, write final, proofread 8.Hand in with research info. on bottom, edited rough draft in middle, final draft on top, and rubric on top of that with 2 evaluations in different pencil colors, signed
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  • Thesis statement: When researching the topic of ______, a student can find _____ websites. However, ten are worth considering. Of these ten, ___ (findings) (ratings) criteria that includes (criteria). Body paragraph: (Transition), under the topic of __________ at (URL) is a site created by _______. This site (doesnt/begins to/meets/exceeds) expectations [concerning _(criterion)___ __]. [ Enough evidence that discusses all criteria, using examples from the site, to create at least a 150-word paragraph and to support the researchers evaluation.]
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  • Sample thesis: The womens movement changed many laws. Few websites explain the movement well. Second body paragraph (note the transitional dependent clause before the topic sentence: Besides the poor-quality websites, I found websites that do an average job of explaining the womens movement in the 1970s. One average-quality website,, described how the women organized to change laws. They researched the laws to find the inequities, marched and experienced rude sexist comments from observers, and met with legislators. The website exceeded my first criterion for pictures because it was filled with photos of marching women. It did not, however, even meet my criterion for correctional comments as none were provided; however, that may be because the source is reliable, so it earned full points for that criterion. (continue about this website; then transition into discussion of new website of average quality in the same paragraph)
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  • Expository Sentences: no or limited opinions Evaluative Sentences: clear opinion statements based upon criteria THESIS STATEMENT: Our Town is about simple life in a simple time. THESIS STATEMENT: Our Town was a horrible story, because it does not meet reasonable criteria for a quality novel for teenagers today. The criteria include lively characters, an inventive setting, strong internal conflicts, and high-octane plot. THESIS STATEMENT: On the Beach is a novel about life after nuclear war, a topic and plot of interest to high school students. THESIS STATEMENT: On the Beach is a novel that I can highly recommend to high school students due to a plot full of action, universal characters, strong internal conflicts,and a unique, interesting setting on post-apocalyptic earth. TOPIC SENTENCE: In Wicked, Gregory McGuire used language that is easy for high school students to read. TOPIC SENTENCE: McGuires language was invigorating to the readers mind, filled with imagery yet fast to read. The Language of Evaluation (from high school sophomores)
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  • (Sample: all 10+ in alphabetical order) Works Cited


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