Critical Response essay

Times Font, 12 size, double spacing

*Critically read, outline, and evaluate an argumentative piece or pieces of writing, identifying major premises, conclusions, and evidence*Discuss and evaluate the reading in class or online, identifying major premises, conclusions, and evidence for the various claims.*Discuss and evaluate in class or online how, why, and where the argument is strong and weak. Provide specific premises and evidence of your own to defend your claims.*Outline and write a four-to-five page critical response essay to the piece of writing, specifically using “They Say/ I Say” statement templates to argue for or against one or more conclusions or premises in the writing.Assignment Description: A critique, or critical response essay, is partly an analysis and partly an argument. It first identifies and outlines the main argument or conclusions a chosen persuasive/argumentative piece of writing, its supporting claims or assumptions, its rhetorical appeals, as well as the quality of evidence it uses to support these. It will evaluate the logical strength or validity of its arguments, verify the quality and relevance of its sources and evidence, as well as measure how generally convincing, persuasive, or comprehensive its argument is. After analyzing these, the author of the critical response essay will write a response to the chosen persuasive/argumentative piece of writing that identifies, explains, and criticizes one or more of the following: 1) faulty logic or reasoning; 2) dubious, inadequate, or insufficient evidence; 3) dubious information sources; 4) biased claims, language, or values; 5) unstated but relevant issues or conclusions; 6) competing perspectives, facts, or values; 7) troubling implications or effects of the argument. The thesis of a critical response essay announces precisely which of these seven critical issues will be addressed for the chosen piece of writing, and the essay will organize itself around making these criticisms and convincing the reader to agree with them. Composition should be four-five pages long, formatted in Times 12 font, and double-spaced. Your thesis should reflect one (or more) of the “They Say / I Say” templates in response to the reading assignment. Make sure you watch the module instructional videos, and read the handouts on “Argument Organization and Critique” and “They Say / I Say Templates” before you begin.