I: Purpose of the Essay Audience The Critical Thinking Goal: Objectivity (Reasoning over Feeling)
II: What "Critical Evaluation" MeansIII: Read ReviewsIV: The Difference Between Taste and Judgment
V: Determining Evaluative Criteria: Setting the StandardsAvoid Criteria that Don't Work, such as "It's Popular" or "It's funny." Choose Fair, Accurate Criteria: Judge by the Same Standards "Criterion" Versus "Premise"
VI: Topic SelectionVI: Should I use What Other Critics Have Written as Support for my Own Argument?VII: Common Mistakes to Avoid when Writing Evaluations
Avoid Summarizing the Plot or Overviewing the Characters infilms, TV shows, books . . . Avoid Cliches
Titles Second-Person Pronouns First-Person Pronouns
VIII: Sample Student EssaysIV: Professional Reviews
X: Basic Structure and Features of Reviews: Designing your Essay
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