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. The main goal of your essay is to give judgment of the success/failure of the argument structure of your chosen essay from the Historical American/Historical Global readings lists. You need to:
- 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. Create a thesis that makes a claim about that success or failure.
- If you decide this essay is successful, explain your reasoning. 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.
- If you decide that the essay is not successful, explain your reasoning. You can use all of the elements listed in #3 as support, and you may also want to discuss any fallacies that the argument makes.
- 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.
No matter what your evaluation, make sure that your thesis has an introduction that contains a clear thesis, body paragraphs that discuss one proof at a time (one paragraph per example), and a conclusion. 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. Here are the readings you can choose from
Aristotle.Nichomachean Ethics, Book 1.The Internet Classics Archive.n.d. Web. 11 May 2012.Demosthenes.“The Third Philippic.”Wikisource.11 Sept. 2009.Web. 11 May 2012.Descartes, Rene. “Meditation II.”The Classical Library. 2001. Web. 11 May 2012.Marx, Karl. “Bourgeois and Proletariats.”The Classical Library. 2001. Web. 11 May 2012.Plato.“Apology.”Project Gutenberg.2008. Web. 11 May 2012.Swift, Jonathan.“A Modest Proposal.”The Art Bin: Origo.n.d. Web.11 May 2012.