A Critique Paper of William Zinnser’s
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A Critique Paper of William Zinnser’s
please write one paragraph summary and the rest is critique of the article attached (simplicity by Zinnser). NO OUT SIDE SOURCES. ONLY USE THE ARTICLE ATTACHED. REFER TO THE OTHER FILES ATTACHED FOR MORE GUIDANCE AND EXPLICATION.
Writing Assignment for Unit 1: A Summary & Critique Paper
Writing Assignment Instructions: Using the techniques learned in class, students will write a 2-page summary and critique of William Zinnser’s “Simplicity” Roughly ¾ to one page should be devoted to the summary and one page to the critique. The summary and critique submitted should demonstrate clear development of ideas and smooth cohesion (flow) between ideas as well as the techniques learned in class. The student should make certain to give the essay a title, introduce the source and include any relevant information about the author. The essay should also demonstrate the student’s best English abilities (in grammar and vocabulary).
The Critique: Answering these 2 Main Questions
I. To what extent does the author succeed in his or her purpose? In the case of Gilsdorf’s article, the purpose is to PERSUADE.
CONSIDER the author’s thesis:
1. What assertion is the author making?
2. What conclusions is the author drawing?
3. Do the author’s conclusions directly relate to his/her thesis (assertion)?
Is the argument valid?
1. Does the author consider the audience? (i.e. experts vs. lay people)
2. Are key terms clearly defined? (i.e. no ambiguous terms)
3. Is the information used fairly?
A. Is it up to date?
B. Is it representative (evidence of the opposing side)?
C. Is the emotional appeal balanced?
NOTE: emotionally loaded terms should not be the only means of persuasion and should not hide essential facts
Is the argument made logically and not fallaciously? That is, is it clear and orderly?
Avoiding Logical Fallacies: Here are some criteria you can use to determine the logic of an argument?
Faulty cause and effect: don’t assume that the first event is the cause of the second just because of their order
e.g. fish dying in a lake→ dumping chemical by factories is only one of several causes
Either/or reasoning: restricting the range of possible solutions; the author chooses to overlook opposing options (e.g. AW p. 84)
Ad Hominem: These are arguments that attack the opposition rather than the opposing position. That is, keep your eye out for arguments that attack an opponent.
Hasty generalization: too little or unrepresentative evidence (not enough sources are used to support the argument)
false analogy: apples to oranges (good CEO would be a good governor)
Non sequitur: “It does not follow” (See page 85 in AW)
oversimplification: offering easy solutions to complex problems
II. To what extent do you agree with the author? That is, identify points of agreement and disagreement
• summarize the author’s position
• read critically to figure out and consider the author’s underlying assumptions (fundamental beliefs) whether stated or implied (AW p.86-88)
• state your position and explain why you agree, partially agree or disagree with the writer’s assumptions
• use other reliable sources to back up your position so your evidence is not based solely on personal experience
Maintaining Coherence and Cohesion
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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