Critical Analysis 3
Your third essay will also require you to analyze and evaluate an argument from an online database or from a credible web site. You can, however, choose whether or not it is a pro or con argument. As a reminder, the topic of your essay will have to be one for your remaining essays and research presentation, so choose carefully.
Effect on overall grade:
This essay counts as fifteen percent of your overall grade, so doing better on this essay can minimize the negative effect of two low scores on your first two essays since the overall weight of the first two essays is fifteen percent. For example, if you failed your first two essays, earning a "C" on your third essay can raise your overall grade for all three essays to a "D" which is a passing grade. Of course, if you earned higher grades than the above example and then scored a higher grade on your third essay, this can raise your grade substantially. If you haven't reviewed the feedback from your previous essays, then you need to do so. This is one of the surest ways to improve since it will identify areas that need to be worked on your next essay. If you need some help, then please contact me as soon as possible.
Locating an argument from an online database:
Attempt to find an argument using an online database before you try to find one on a credible web site. The argument should be found in an editorial, op-ed column, or letter to the editor. These types of texts contain an argument, which makes this type of text ideal for this assignment. Use one of the following JCC library databases to locate a suitable editorial, op-ed piece, or letter to the editor: Academic Search Complete or ProQuest News & Newspapers. When you search for an article in these databases, you may also search under the “commentary” document type in addition to the above document types—editorials, i.e. A link to all these databases can be found on <[url removed, login to view]>, and you may also use the above hyper links for quicker access (the names of the databases). Moreover, for the text to qualify, it must contain at least 400 words and have been published within five years. Furthermore, because some letter-to-the-editors contain more than one text in the same article, they do not qualify. Instructions on how to search these databases can be found in two supplemental documents: How to Customize Your Search Using Academic Search Complete and How to Customize Your Search Using Proquest News and Newspaper.
Locating an argument from a credible web site:
If you do pursue the “credible website” option, use the News tab under the Internet Sources LibGuide first. In the News tab, you’ll find several links to online newspapers and network news web sites. After clicking on the link, you’re sent to the site’s home page. Located on these sites are the “Opinion” sections. You are to use that type of section to find an appropriate article. You may use other news websites from newspapers, magazines, or journals after you have used the above resources—the selected online databases and the News tab on the Internet Sources LibGuide, but ensure that the website is credible by using the CRAAP criteria. A copy of the criteria can be found in the Introduction to Research LibGuide under the “Evaluate Sources” tab. Moreover, an article from a credible web site must be current (published within five years) and contain at least 400 words. To check the word count, copy and paste the article into a Word Document. The word count feature is usually at the bottom of the document on the left-hand side.
If you are uncertain about the appropriateness of an article, then please consult with me. As a reminder, an integral part of your success is determined by the text you select, so select one wisely.
Your objective: Determine the argument’s effectiveness and provide analysis to support your claim in essay form. Therefore, your essay should be controlled by a thesis that identifies the strengths and/or weaknesses and explains your reasoning for labeling it as such. Use one of the critical lenses we have discussed in class to help you compose an acceptable thesis, for example, the appeals (emotional, ethical, and logical). Consequently, your objective is not to provide an extended summary of the text, but to center your essay on a thesis described above and to support it with textual analysis and reasoning. To develop your thesis, you will use the TRIACT method which will require you to use a primary text (the text you are analyzing) and a secondary source (a text that aids your analysis). Click on the TRIACT hyperlink for the instructional handout. To help you understand this type of essay better, I have provided a critical analysis of an editorial "Stop the Deadly Insanity" written by one of my former students. Please read the editorial first and then read the essay by using the above hyper links. Pay close attention to how the introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and conclusion are organized and developed. If you have any questions and/or concerns, then please address them in the General Questions and Concerns discussion board.
SafeAssign: When you submit your essay for a grade, you’ll have to submit it to SafeAssign, a database that checks your essay for potential plagiarism by comparing information from the Internet and other works that have been submitted to SafeAssign. To do this, click on the box that is next to the Global Reference Database.
MLA documentation: Required, in-text citation and a works-cited page.
Page length: 750 words (est. 2.5 pages)
Paper format: Double spaced, New Times Roman font, 12 pt. font—see sample essay on pp.540-48 in The Norton Field Guide to Writing.
Final draft: Monday, March 27th