Assignment: Critical Reading of an Essay

For this assignment, create a Critical Reading of an essay about a text from one of the contemporary authors listed below.

Directions

  1. Review the grading rubric as listed on this page.
  2. Select ONE essay from the contemporary author sites linked here:
  3. Review the strategies listed on the Reading Critically page.
  4. Create a Critical Reading of the essay of your choice in 500–700 words in a new Google Doc.
    • Cite the author and the text in your paper
    • Pay close attention to the author’s argument, meaning, evidence, logic, and assumptions.
    • Compose a critical reading response of the essay and be sure to answer: What is the author doing?
    • Also, be sure to answer: How well is he or she doing it?
  5. Copy and paste your Critical Reading of an essay in a new post on your WordPress blog.
  6. Submit the URL of your WordPress blog post to your instructor.

Grading

Points: 115

Submitting: a website URL

Critical Reading of an Essay KEEP
Criteria Ratings Points
Identifies author and work Identifies
5 pts
Does not identify
0 pts
5 pts
Answers “what is the author doing?” Proficient
15 pts
Developing
11 pts
Lacks answer
0 pts
15 pts
Answers “how well is the author doing it?” Proficient
15 pts
Developing
11 pts
Lacks answer
0 pts
15 pts
Examines the author’s claims Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No examination
0 pts
8 pts
Examines the author’s evidence Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No examination
0 pts
8 pts
Examines the author’s assumptions Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No examination
0 pts
8 pts
Reviews the argument from different angles Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No review
0 pts
8 pts
Examines the effectiveness of the introduction/conclusion Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No examination
0 pts
8 pts
Examines how the piece is organized Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No examination
0 pts
8 pts
Demonstrates an understanding of the author’s purpose Proficient
8 pts
Developing
6 pts
No examination
0 pts
8 pts
Standard Edited English/Writing conventions Proficient
5 pts
Developing
4 pts
Errors detract from meaning/no post
0 pts
5 pts
Finished piece easy to read, polished, posted in WordPress blog site Proficient
4 pts
Developing
3 pts
Needs more work
0 pts
4 pts
Compose a critical reading paper of a contemporary work. Exceeds expectations
5 pts
Meets expectations
3 pts
Does not meet expectations
0 pts
5 pts
Describe the main point, evidence, and assumptions of a text. Exceeds expectations
5 pts
Meets expectations
3 pts
Does not meet expectations
0 pts
5 pts
Make inferences to comprehend a text’s meaning. Exceeds expectations
5 pts
Meets expectations
3 pts
Does not meet expectations
0 pts
5 pts
TOTAL POINTS   115