This assignment will assess the following Student Learning Outcomes and Core Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes (ACGM).
  2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution (ACGM).
  3. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts (ACGM).
  4. Teamwork: Ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal (THECB).
  5. Personal Responsibility: Ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making (THECB).


Assignment Requirements

Student will:

  1. Write a CRITICAL ANALYSIS essay that informs or increases the readers understanding of the selected text.
  2. Write according to length and format instructions: 750+ words, double spaced with 1-inch margins, and typed in 12pt. font Times New Roman, and MLA Style.
  3. Conduct research using library catalog and databases.
  4. Employ a variety of 3 acceptable research sources minimum.
  5. Document research sources according to MLA standards.
  6. Actively engage in peer-review sessions and use peers feedback, together with a tutors comments, to revise the essay.
  7. Apply Edited American English
  8. Submit final draft in a properly formatted word document to eLearning by the scheduled due date.



Instructor Prompt:

Select, read, and analyze one of the four selected readings examining the five elements of exposition: Thesis, Purpose, Strategy, Audience, and Tone. Write a critique of this authors writing. You may also offer your opinion of its strengths and weaknesses. Avoid arguing the issue with the writer; simply critique the essay.

Critical reading:

  1. Identify the author’s thesis and purpose
  2. Analyze the structure of the passage by identifying all main ideas
  3. Consult a dictionary or encyclopedia to understand the material that is unfamiliar to you
  4. Make an outline of the work or write a description of it
  5. Write a summary of the work
  6. Determine the purpose which could be
  • To inform with factual material
  • To persuade with appeal to reason or emotions
  • To entertain (to affect people’s emotions)
  • Evaluate the means by which the author has accomplished his purpose
  • If the purpose is to inform, has the material been presented clearly, accurately, with order and coherence?
  • If the purpose is to persuade, look for evidence, logical reasoning, contrary evidence
  • If the purpose was to entertain, determine how emotions are affected: does it make you laugh, cry, angry? Why did it affect you?

Consider the following questions: How is the material organized? Who is the intended audience? What are the writer’s assumptions about the audience? What kind of language and imagery does the author use?



After the passage under analysis has been carefully studied, the critique can be drafted using this sample outline.

  • Background information to help your readers understand the nature of the work
    • Information about the work
      • Title
      • Author
      • Publication information
      • Statement of topic and purpose
    • Thesis statement indicating writer’s main reaction to the work
  • Summary or description of the work
  • Interpretation and/or evaluation
    • Discussion of the work’s organization
    • Discussion of the work’s style
    • Effectiveness
    • Discussion of the topic’s treatment
    • Discussion of appeal to a particular audience


Avoid introducing your ideas by stating “I think” or “in my opinion.” Keep the focus on the subject of your analysis, not on yourself. Identifying your opinions weakens them.

Always introduce the work. Do not assume that because your reader knows what you are writing about, you do not need to mention the work’s title.

Other questions to consider: Is there a controversy surrounding either the passage or the subject which it concerns?

What about the subject matter is of current interest?

What is the overall value of the passage?

What are its strengths and weaknesses?

Support your thesis with detailed evidence from the text examined. Do not forget to document quotes and paraphrases.

Remember that the purpose of a critical analysis is not merely to inform, but also to evaluate the worth, utility, excellence, distinction, truth, validity, beauty, or goodness of something.

Even though as a writer you set the standards, you should be open-minded, well-informed, and fair. You can express your opinions, but you should also back them up with evidence.

Your review should provide information, interpretation, and evaluation. The information will help your reader understand the nature of the work under analysis. The interpretation will explain the meaning of the work, therefore requiring your correct understanding of it. The evaluation will discuss your opinions of the work and present valid justification for them.