Critique essay

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Assignment: Critique

Length: 1500-1800 words

Mechanics: Use 12-point Times New Roman font, default margins, double-spacing, correct APA documentation. You may double-side or single-side the document.

Write a critique on any one of the assigned essays in “Chapter 12: The Changing Landscape of Work in the Twenty-First Century” (pp.433-472). Follow the guidelines provided in “Chapter 2: Critical Reading and Critique” (pp. 51-77) – review “Guidelines for Writing Critiques” (p. 68). Below is a general overview of the five parts of a critique:

1. Write a clear introduction (one paragraph). Give the author’s full name, the title of the essay, and the author’s thesis in the first sentence. Explain the author’s purpose in writing the essay: what is he/she trying to get the reader to think or do? Provide some general information about the article’s topic and the issues involved. Explain your general opinion of the essay. Do you think that the essay was well written or persuasive? Why or why not? Finally, state your own position on the issue (your thesis or major argument).

2. Give a clear summary of the article that you will be commenting on (one paragraph). Be objective, coherent, and complete in your summary. That is, do not add your opinion of the topic or your evaluation of the essay here. Use markers like “The author suggests that . . .” to make it clear that you are paraphrasing someone else’s opinion and not stating your own. Avoid unintentional plagiarism: use your own wording and sentence structures. Add one or two short quotations.

3. Analyze the article (two paragraphs). In one paragraph, evaluate the essay on such rhetorical aspects as accuracy, validity, fairness, significance, organization, language, and audience. Is the author successful in persuading you? Why or why not? Then, in a second paragraph, evaluate the author’s use of appeals (look at pages 132-136 in the textbook)—emotional, logical, and ethical. Give specific examples of each appeal and explain them. Are they appropriate or persuasive in the essay? Why or why not?

4. Respond to the ideas of the article (two or three paragraphs). Find at least two articles from Academic Search Complete database and use at least two essays from Chapter 12 of the textbook (besides the essay that you are criticizing). Do not use online Google searches. Use your research to support your opinion concerning the topic. Do you agree with the author or not?Why or why not? All sources must be paraphrased. You may quote as well, but do so sparingly – and use lead-in phrases.

5. The conclusion (one paragraph). Return to the article and summarize your opinion about its validity and persuasiveness. What are its weaknesses and strengths? Restate (in new words) your major arguments on the topic.

Be sure to provide a correct APA-style References page. You should have five entries.

Provide a word count at the end of the document.

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A Critique of “Dear Grads: Don’t Do What You Love”




A Critique of “Dear Grads: Don’t Do What You Love”
Carl McCoy (2013) in the essay “Dear Grads: Don’t Do What You Love” illuminates
graduates on working for a purpose rather than working because one loves a certain job
especially in today’s tough labor market. Using specific examples such as whether a firefighter
enjoys going into a burning building to put out a fire and other examples, the author attempts to
convince the grads that it is not wise to build a career basing on the fact that all individuals have
to be paid for their passions. The author purpose is to persuade grads not to pursue what they
adore since it is quite unpractical. The essay’s topic urges grads not to do what they love as they
are often advised by commencement speakers across the country but to find resolve in careers
and do it. Although the essay presents strong career ideologies, I think the article did not provide
enough details on the benefits of working for purpose both to an individual and the society as
well. The author also did comment on the fact that there are individuals who believe that grads
will be more successful if they are allowed to pursue their dream jobs. I agree with the idea of
working for a purpose because it brings with it many benefits to any society and commencement
speakers should consider advising grads on the issue instead of dwelling on “do what you love”
in the future.
In the essay, McCoy (2013) begins by explaining to the reader the advice that
commencement speakers gave to the grads which are for them to identify their passion and to
“do what you love.” He disagrees with this idea and questions if it is the right advice for grads
entering a hard and complex labor market. The author argues that it is not wise to create a career
on the idea that grads have to be paid for their passions. The reader comprehends that the
commencement speakers’ advice only captures a portion of the story. According to McCoy
(2013) “do what you love” shows that excellent work could be done through loving it but it does



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