ENG205 English Composition II
Week 3: Evaluation Essay Rough Draft
The purpose of the Evaluation Essay is to look critically at a particular work. Remember that
your essay should, in a detailed, informative way, answer the question “Is this subject of
your essay good, bad, or somewhere in between, and why?” Your thesis statement should
directly answer this question in one or two sentences, and your body paragraphs should each
identify and develop one distinct reason that he or she should see the subject of your essay in
the same way as you.
For example, if your thesis statement is “The iPhone 4S is a fantastic product because of its
exceptional number of useful apps, the slick design, and the responsive voice recognition
software,” your first paragraph could be about some of the great apps that extend the
functionality of the iPhone, how they’re useful, and more importantly, how they make the iPhone
a fantastic product.
In this section, you will write a complete rough draft of the essay. Remember that this essay
should directly grapple with the subject you’re working with, and should use direct quotes,
citations, and references whenever you reference an outside work. This should not just be a
summary or description of your subject. Although a brief summary may be useful for the
introductory section of your essay, you must evaluate the subject.
To properly complete the draft, consider the following steps:
Reconsider and clarify your working thesis statement.
Reconsider and revise your outline, to make certain that your organization of information will
effectively prove your thesis statement.
Draft topic sentences and body paragraphs for each section in your outline. Make sure that
each paragraph has a topic sentence and an appropriate amount of supporting detail from
your sources. Consider whether the detail in each paragraph relates to the main point of the
paragraph. Remember, your paragraphs should be unified, developed, and coherent, and
have strong topic sentences.
Incorporate your sources by using quotations and paraphrasing your sources in each
paragraph. You must cite your sources each time you quote or refer to information in them.
Each reference listed should have at least one corresponding in-text citation.
Write an appropriate introduction, conclusion, and title for your essay. Your introductory
section should introduce your reader to the topic and include your thesis statement. Your
conclusion should restate your thesis and your main points.
Finally, add a title that indicates the main idea of the essay, without restating your thesis
This essay should be roughly 750 words in length.
Make sure to carefully consider the Evaluation Essay rubric as you work through this