Structure

Possible sample outline to follow:

  1. Introduction leading to an evaluative claim.
  2. Criteria of evaluation stated, and, if necessary, defended.
  3. Subject measured by first criterion + evidence
  4. Subject measured by second criterion + evidence
  5. Subject measured by additional criterion + evidence
  6. Conclusion

Second sample outline with criterion introduced one at a time:

  • Introduction leading to an evaluative claim.
  • First criterion of evaluation stated, and, if necessary, defended.
    • Subject measured by first criterion + evidence
  • Second criterion stated/defended
    • Subject measured by second criterion + evidence
  • Additional criteria stated/defended
    • Subject measured by additional criterion + evidence
  • Conclusion

Points to Consider

Mission: Explain your mission early on. Hook us with a good reason to continue reading.

Background: Include the conversation on the subject.

Focal Point: Evaluate a specific text or product.

Compare and Contrast: Examine the differences. Compare the strengths and weaknesses.

Judgment: How does text meet the criteria for evaluation?

Purpose: Most evaluations provide usable information and beneficial criticism. After  reading your essay, we should have a better understanding of the text or product.

Keep it Simple: Choose a simple or predictable structure, criteria, and grading/evaluation.

Revision Exercise: Talk Back

Imagine you are the creator of the text or product you are reviewing. Write a rebuttal to the review. Make sure to ground your defense in the best evidence you can find. What objections or reactions can you imagine to the review? Place yourself in the shoes of the creator.