Rgument/position essay. Topic: How are online technologies changing the way we live?

Critical Reading Guide: Arguing a Position

1. Evaluate how well the issue is presented.

Basic Features

Summarize: Tell the writer what you understand the issue to be about. If you were already familiar with it and understand it differently, briefly explain.

Praise: Give an example from the essay where the issue and its significance come across effectively.

Critique: Tell the writer where more information about the issue is needed, where more might be done to establish its seriousness, or how the issue could be reframed in a way that would better prepare readers for the argument..

2. Assess how well the position is supported.

Summarize: Underline the thesis statement and the main reasons.

Praise: Give an example in the essay where the argument is especially effective a for example, indicate which reason is especially convincing or which supporting evidence is particularly compelling.

Critique: Tell the writer where the argument could be strengthened a for example, indicate how the thesis statement could be made clearer or more appropriately qualified, how the argument could be developed, or where additional support is needed.

3. Consider how effectively objections and alternative positions are counterargued.

Praise: Give an example in the essay where a concession seems particularly well done or a refutation is convincing.

Critique: Tell the writer how a concession or refutation could be made more convincing; what objection or alternative position should be counterargued; or where common ground could be sought.

4. Assess how readable the argument is.

Praise: Give an example of where the essay succeeds in being especially easy to read, either in its overall organization, clear presentation of the thesis, clear transitions, an effective opening or closing, or by other means.

Critique: Tell the writer where the readability could be improved. Can you, for example, suggest better forecasting, clearer transitions, or a more effective ending? If the overall organization of the essay needs work, make suggestions for rearranging parts or strengthening connections.

5. If the writer has expressed concern about anything in the draft that you have not discussed, respond to that concern.

Argumentative Essay
Peer Critique Form

Writer: ____________________________ Critiquer: _____________________________

Does the essay have an introduction, three main idea chunks and a conclusion paragraph?

What is the thesis?

What argument is the thesis trying to make?

Who is the intended audience?

Underline the topic sentence in each body paragraph.

What are the three main ideas?

Are there appropriate transitional words and phrases? Put a box around them in the paper. Are there places that need transitions, or need better transitions? Mark them on the paper.

Are all of the body paragraphs unified around their intended topic? If not, mark on the paper where the essay goes off-topic.

Are there enough examples that the event is clear in the readeras mind? (three examples, with at least three details per example) Where can more details be added?

Are the quotes and data properly attributed (so you know who said it/where itas from)? Mark any omissions on the paper.

Does the conclusion paragraph bring back up the three main idea points?

What is the Call to Action/clincher?