Instructions: Your first essay – the critical evaluation essay – is due at the end of week three. In this essay, you will be critically evaluating a classic argument. Do not submit the rough forum draft to me as the final draft--because you will need to revise it heavily based on peer feedback first.
Choose one argument from the historic American or global works listed in the “Supplemental Readings” section of the course lessons. Decide whether this argument is successful or not. If you decide this essay is successful, discuss why. You may use the structure of the argument, the tone, and the various types of support (ethos, pathos, and logos) as proof of the argument’s success. Make sure that your thesis has an introduction that contains a hook and a thesis, body paragraphs that discuss one proof at a time (one paragraph per example), and a conclusion. If you decide that the essay is not successful, then discuss the fallacies that the argument makes. You are still required to have a strong introduction (hook and thesis), body paragraphs that discuss one fallacy at a time, and a conclusion. You may also discuss how the essay is successful with reservations. In this case, point to both the support and the fallacies you have found in the work.
This paper should be at least 700 words, but no more than 850. The paper should be formatted correctly MLA style and written in third person (do not use the words I, me, us, we, or you). The essay should also contain citations and a works cited list based on your selected essay in the assigned readings. Formulate the structured response from your own close reading of the text. Do not use outside sources (open Web) without explicit permission from the instructor.
The thesis statement from “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others” by W.E.B. Du Bois is
“Where in the world may we go and be safe from lying and brute force?” The purpose of the
reading is to bring awareness to African Americans about the fight, trials and struggles that was
endured and ways to overcome it.
All three critical evaluation terms could be used with the article, but I think W.E.B. Du Bois uses
Ethos and Logos the most. Ethos is used by “Mr. Washington, a board system of Negro common
schools supplemented by through industrial training; but they are surprised that a man of Mr.
Washington’s insight cannot see that no such educational system ever has rested or can rest” (Du
Bois, 2012) and Logos is used by “this is an age of unusual economic development, and Mr.
Washington’s programme naturally takes an economic cast, becoming a gospel of Work and
Money to such an extent as apparently almost completely to overshadow the higher aims of life”
(Du Bois, 2012). He edified his words with quotes from credible figures and then in the end he
appealed to ones emotions with logic.
Personally I think this style of writing could potentially be a bit difficult depending on the article
or book that is chosen. However, if you have different reading topics to choose from, such as
painting, American History, or cooking cultures then this gives a wide variety of writing styles
that can be chosen from and then one can be able to compare and really choose what to write
about. When most writings are on the same topic and have the same styles it makes it hard to get
through it all, but if you prepare enough in advance and take notes, then compile all of your
information it may just turn out to be a good critical evaluation.
Du Bois, W.E.B. “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Other’s.” About.com: Grammar &
Composition. 2012. Web 11 May 2012.
Use this source and my rough draft in assistance to the paper, also cite this link at the end of the paper as a reference
- Pole, J. R. "of Mr Booker T. Washington and others." The Historical Journal, vol. 17, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1974..doi:10.1017/S0018246X00007962.
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