Unit9a - Unit 9: Evaluation In this unit we will study and...

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Unit 9: Evaluation In this unit we will study and practice evaluation. – Do we like a text or not? – Is it good literature? – Is it better than other pieces? – Is it a good example of a type? – Does it effectively communicate its theme?
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Lesson One: Evaluation • In one sense, evaluation seems like a simple, straightforward thing. You like a work or you don’t--enough said, right? • So why does Beaty claim that “[t]o evaluate a work of literature--to determine its worth or quality--is one of the most fundamental, significant, and difficult activities in literary study” (569)? • It is difficult because liking/not liking is just the beginning.
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Be careful “Whether you like a story or not when you first read it is… probably the proper place to begin . But it is a dangerous place to stop the process of evaluation” (Beaty 569). Stopping there could limit the growth of taste, reading experience, and the strength of the evaluation.
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How do you keep growing? Develop a clear understanding of your preferences.
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Unit9a - Unit 9: Evaluation In this unit we will study and...

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