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Quick Write 1

What monster are you thinking or writing about? Narrow it down to 2 or 3 that you would be interested in learning more about.

Monster Evaluations

Today we need to understand what an evaluation is.

Evaluation: Monster Prompt

An evaluation is simply a review. We review lots of things regularly, movies, books, restaurants, and even professors.

IGN Dracula Untold Review

This is a great example of a movie review. It doesn’t spoil the movie but it does give us enough to understand what they think about it. They tell us what was good and what was bad. They give us their perspective and teach us something about it. If you do something like this you will get a great job.

Gathering Data

You will need to decide on the monster you want to evaluate, and investigate the subject thoroughly. You will need to find your primary sources and scholarly sources.

For Example: Dracula or Vampires

Primary Sources:

  • Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula (1898) – Book
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Film

Scholarly Sources:

Search the Crafton library database for your monster or category of monster. Also, Google Scholar is a great search engine for scholarly stuff. Possible search terms:

Evaluation Notes

Writing an Evaluation: It is one thing to offer an opinion, yet it is an entirely different matter to back up a claim with reasons and evidence. Only when you do will readers take you seriously.

Explain your mission: Just what do you intend to evaluate and for whom? Are you writing for experts, a general audience, or novices? How much explaining do you need to do so that you audience follows you without getting annoyed with to much information.

Establish and defend criteria: Criteria are the standards by which objects are measured.

Successful presidents leave office with the country in better shape than when they entered.

When readers are likely to share your criteria, you need to explain little about them. When readers disagree or object, be prepared to defend your principles.

Remember: Monster Theory (Seven Theses) is a great starting point for establishing criteria. 

Offer convincing evidence: Evidence makes the connection between an opinion and the criteria for evaluation that supports it. Supply data to show that a product you judged faulty didn’t meet those minimal standards.

Offer worthwhile advice: Some evaluations are just for fun. Done right, most evaluations and reviews provide usable information, beneficial criticism or even ranked choices.

We evaluate everything from pizza, restaurants, movies, and even professors. Commentary and criticism of all sorts just happen. Doing them well is another matter.

Movie Review Quick Write 2

‘The Hunger Games’: EW Review

Lisa Schwarzbaum is reviewing “The Hunger Games” movie.

  • Does she acknowledge what her mission is and who her audience is?
  • What criteria does she establish for it to succeed?
  • Does she address any differences between the book and movie?
  • What is her grade or judgment of the movie?

Quick Write 3

Find an evaluation of a restaurant or professor that you think is done well and one that is done badly. What makes it good? What makes the evaluation bad?

Remember to write the quick writes on a text document and make one comment below the post.