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Critique Assignment Sheet

Our first assignment involves summarizing and critiquing with special attention to structure and clarity. We will be using Friedman’s “Globalization: The Super-Story” (Common Reader 391-394) as the text for this assignment. Please read this text several times and know all its parts. Besides being an interesting read in itself, this article will also tie into our future Synthesis #1 assignment in the topic area of Business and Economy (Common Reader 374-425)

The Assignment
Think of this Critique assignment as going a few steps beyond a summary and offering the reader not only what the author has written, the author’s central argument, but also a critical appraisal of the author’s ideas.  In the end, your Critique will summarize the content of Friedman’s article, offer judgments about its merits and weaknesses, and place a relative value on the article.

Part I:  Introduction
To get your Critique off to a smooth start, you will need to introduce the text (and offer relevant bibliographic information).  Don’t be afraid to use a hook or interesting intro sentence or two to get your reader’s attention, but don’t overdo it.  The introduction is about setting the reader up and establishing your credibility as a researcher and critic. Be sure to mention the author’s name and the title of his text as well as what kind of publication it is or came from and its date of publication. You should also express your overall impression of the article.  In short, the reader should have an awareness of what you are doing in the Critique essay, and why, after the first paragraph.

Part II:  Summary
After the introduction, offer the reader a summary of the article in a factual and objective tone.  Remember to stick to the facts and paint a vivid picture of what happens in the text so the reader has a firm understanding of the article and its main points.  Assume the reader has no prior knowledge of the text or the author.  Remember, your summary should not contain your opinions or judgments of the article.  Save your critique for the next section.  Your summary should be roughly two paragraphs long and cover the content of the article completely. Remember to paraphrase the article in your own words.

Part III:  Critique
After summarizing the article, transition into your critique of the text with the criteria that you establish.
You should be critical of the credibility of the author, his thesis or main claim, and his method of proving his points. Simply let the reader know what you agree and disagree with, and why.
Be sure to fully develop your main points in paragraphs that use examples from the text.  Try to have between 3-4 main points to support your judgment of the text. Conclude your critique section reminding the reader about your main points and how they work together to support your own thesis or judgment of the article.

Need help being critical? Use ideas from They Say/I Say. Also, remember being “critical” does not always mean “negative”; in fact, many critical points offer praise the author or the argument or craft.

Part IV: Conclusion
I would suggest finalizing your Critique with a short paragraph that restates the author and title of the article and your final opinion on its worth in terms of being persuasive and why it would or would not be worth one’s time to read and consider it. Be short and sweet here but don’t be redundant.

Please note:
We will be using MLA Style for this essay. Also, please include a Works Cited Page.

Also, there is no need for any outside sources here—just the Friedman article. I want to read what you have to say and think here.

Nuts and Bolts:
Typed, double-space, 1″ margins.  Please use Standard Written English!
4-6 pages in length.

Due Date:  Thursday, October 8th In Class

This assignment is worth 10pts. max

This assignment may be revised with the instructor’s permission for a higher grade after handed back. Revisions are due within one week of hand back and must include the original graded essay.

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