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Evaluate the category and the corresponding prompt assignment


Evaluations are everyday arguments. By the time you leave home in the morning, you’ve likely made a dozen informal evaluations: what to wear for an interview, chose what to eat, and listened to your anthem for success.  In each case, you’ve applied criteria to a particular problem and then made a decision. That is called “evaluation.”

You’re entering an argument of evaluation when you:

make a judgment about quality.
challenge such a judgement.
construct a ranking or comparison.
explore criteria that might in making evaluative judgment.

There are different situations where evaluation is used.  For example, professional evaluations require elaborate standards, evidence, and paperwork, but the structure of making an evaluation doesn’t differ much from simpler choices individuals make routinely.  People love to voice their opinions – think about it.  We are vociferous in praise and blame (ceremonial speeches or epideictic).

Arguments of evaluation require a “criteria of evaluation.”  These are the standards that are established for judging anything – an idea, a work or art, a person, or a product.  The criteria can be self-evident (gas-guzzling cars) and simple, or it can become complicated when a subject is abstract: What features make a song a classic?  What constitutes a fair wage?  How do we measure a successful foreign policy or college career?  The criteria can also change depending on the time and audience.  The challenges experienced to identify this difficult criteria of evaluation can lead to important insights into an individual’s values, motives, and preferences.  Shifts in values, attitudes, and criteria happen all the time.

Assignment Description:

For this assignment, evaluate the category and the corresponding prompt.  Remember to establish a claim, draw out the reasons, warrants, and evidence that supports it.  Make sure to formulate your criteria and ask yourself questions like “what” and “why.” The standards should make sense on their own merits and apply across the board.  You don’t want to create a bias set of standards that is not general enough to evaluate other films of animation or social issues. Make sure to select evidence that is most likely to influence your audience and arrange the argument to build towards your best material (proof).

Please remember that you will need to use four resources (in addition to our texts).

Reference:     Everything’s An Argument, Chapter 10, pp. 225-230

Length:         5 pages typed, double-spaced, and Times New Roman size 12 font uploaded to Canvas.

Format:           MLA, including a properly formatted heading and Works Cited page.

# of Resources: 4 minimum (Videos count, textbooks count, and you may have one popular resource)