1. Summary of the article that is being critiqued:
• Must be concise and not longer than one paragraph long.
• Must present the author’s thesis accurately
• Must demonstrate complete comprehension of the text.
• Must include some background information about the article if it’s available, such as author, title, publication, purpose, target audience, occasion, etc.
2. 3 critical points of analysis.
• Analysis points: Author’s Purpose, Claim or Thesis, Point of View, Assumptions, Organizational Strategy, Argumentation Style, Strength of Evidence/ Support, Language (Diction, WordChoice, etc.,) Warrants, Audience Appeal, Author’s Credibility, Credibility of Evidence/ Support, Validity of Argumentation/ Claims, Use of Appeal (Logic, Emotion, and Authority,) Effectiveness, etc.
• All critical analysis must evaluate the article’s thesis/ claim as one of the three analysis points. Writers may choose the two other analysis points from the list above or any other points of argument of their choice.
• Each analysis point must have its own claim.
• Each claim must be supported by textual evidence or references.
3. Evaluation of the overall impact of the article:
• Did the article have a positive impact?
• Was the article convincing?
• Were the arguments logical?
• Is there any evidence of dishonesty?
• Were there emotional pleas? Were these pleas acceptable?
• Did the author make any assumptions? Are they honest, acceptable assumptions?
• Was the author sincere or truthful in his claims?
• Did the article offer a new, meaningful way of seeing the subject or is the author merely parroting all that we already know?
• On the whole, was the article a worthy read?