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Overview: Readers very often look for written evaluations. People read reviews of new movies
and restaurants, product reviews, and editorials or columns in online sources to develop informed
opinions about current events. A product review provides readers with an informed, wellreasoned conclusion about alternative versions of a product. Writer’s develop their conclusions
by learning about a product and considering how well it meets a given set of criteria — the
standards on which judgments about the quality of that product are based.
In this essay, you will compare at least two versions of a product and make a recommendation
about which version is best based on criteria that you develop through study of industry and
consumer standards. Following the project idea given on page 339 in Joining the Conversation,
select a product you are thinking about purchasing, such as a kitchen gadget, television, laser
printer, cosmetic, or piece of athletic equipment. Evaluate it using the criteria of effectiveness,
cost, and quality. Provide clear definitions of each criterion in terms of the product you’ve
chosen to evaluate. Be sure to make a concrete recommendation. Giving evaluative evidence but
ending with a general statement to the reader such as “You decide which is best.” doesn’t
establish your expertise as an evaluator.
Writer’s Role: Evaluator
Purpose: To provide a basis for choosing among alternative versions of a product
Audience: Readers (your peers and instructors) want another person’s opinion and expect
judgments to be based on appropriate criteria supported with evidence and analysis.
Sources: Previously published reviews, personal experiences with the product, if possible, or
interviews of others about their experiences with the product. The essay should include
information from at least two cited sources such as published reviews or interviews. Information
should be included as formal in-text citations and on a Works Cited page. Personal experiences
do not require formal citations.
Context: Decisions about criteria and evidence reflect a writer’s knowledge of the product. An
effective recommendation will include positive and negative assessments of the product as it is
compared to evaluative criteria.
Assignment Format: MLA 8th ed standards
For overall essay format refer to page 671 in Joining the Conversation, Chapter 23, Using
MLA Style. Pages for example essays are given here. You can also use the MLA format
check list in the How Do I . . .? page
If you use a published source such as a particular book you may need to formally cite the
source. If you do, refer to the in-text citations (672 – 675) and Works Cited Page (676 – 693)
sections of the chapter. Purdue OWL is another source that can help you with citations and
Works Cited Page formats. In addition, you can refer to the How Do I . . .? guide for citing
articles from web pages.
Length: 1,500 – 1,800 words excluding the Works Cited page and headings.
Grading Standards: Grades will be based on
Thoroughness in meeting assignment requirements
Following MLA format including file type, essay format, in-text citations, and works cited
o consistent verb tense
o consistent point-of view
appropriately formal academic language without slang
This is the outline I did and approved by the teacher but her comment was the following:
“ The body of the essay includes some very specific evaluative criteria. Heart-rate measurement, sleep
and sports tracking, and smart notifications are all relevant. As you develop the essay to include
comparison of specific watches, you should also consider comparing cost.”
Outline -Smartwatches Reviews
Thesis Statement: The must-have smartwatch features, made it worth buying.
A. New technology has changed us into machine-dependent humans.
B. Most products we use or consume are branded.
C. Top brand smartwatches features made them worth buying.
Body Section 1: Wrist-based heart rate measurement.
A. Tracking the resting heart rate is essential.
B. Life-saving health benefits.
C. Collect heart rate data to be used to detect abnormal heart rhythms.
Body section 2: Accuracy of sleep and sports tracking features.
A. Easily see how much sleep we get and track our sleeping habits.
B. Track how many active hours of sports we do in a week.
C. Compare different brands with these features.
IV. Body Section 3: Smart notifications and other features
A. Get incoming calls, WhatsApp, SMS.
B. Calling directly from smartwatch.
C. Blood pressure measurement.
Multitude of features that come with smartwatches, make them worthwhile.
This technology will be an essential part of our everyday life in the future.
Smartwatch is worth buying
Project Ideas The following suggestions provide means of focusing your work on an evaluative
essay or another type of evaluative document. Suggestions for Essays 1. EVALUATE THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL OR GROUP Write an essay that evaluates the
effectiveness of an elected official or group, such as a mayor, a state legislator, or a city council.
Your evaluation might focus on overall performance, or on performance related to a specific
issue, such as addressing urban growth. Identify and define the criteria you’ll use to conduct your
evaluation. Collect information from published sources (see Chapter 13). If you can, interview or
correspond with the official or a representative of the group (see Chapter 14). 2. EVALUATE A
PERFORMANCE Review a public performance, such as a concert, a play, or a poetry reading,
for your classmates. To prepare, read reviews that have appeared in print and online publications,
and familiarize yourself with the criteria that other reviewers have used. In your review, describe
the performance and evaluate it, keeping in mind the characteristics of your readers. Take notes
and, if possible, interview others who attended the performance. If you can, interview one of the
performers. Your review should focus primarily on your personal assessment of the performance.
You should draw on your notes and interviews to introduce ideas, illustrate a point, or support
your conclusions. 3. EVALUATE A PRODUCT Select a product you are thinking about
purchasing, such as a kitchen gadget, television, laser printer, cosmetic, or piece of athletic
equipment. Evaluate it using the criteria of effectiveness, cost, and quality. Provide clear
definitions of each criterion in terms of the product you’ve chosen to evaluate. Your evaluation
should draw on written sources, interviews with people who have used the product, and, if
possible, your own use of the product. 4. EVALUATE AN ATHLETE OR A COACH Evaluate
the performance of a professional athlete, such as a basketball or baseball player, or evaluate the
effectiveness of a coach. Select criteria such as the contributions made to the team’s success,
leadership qualities, entertainment provided to fans, contributions to the community, and so on.
In your essay, identify the athlete or coach, explain the contributions the individual has made to
his or her team or sport, identify and define the criteria you are using to evaluate his or her
performance, and present your evaluation to your readers. To support your evaluation, draw on
your observations of the athlete or coach, interviews or surveys of other sports fans familiar with
the athlete or coach, and published sources that discuss the athlete or coach. If possible, you
might also interview the athlete or coach. 5. EVALUATE A PROPOSED SOLUTION TO A
PROBLEM Think of a proposed solution to a problem that you have read or heard about
recently. You might focus on proposed legislation for addressing problems with public schools in
your state or on a proposal for addressing a foreign policy problem. Alternatively, you might
evaluate a new means of dealing with copyright on digital media such as music or videos. Be
sure to define the problem, outline the proposed solution, identify and define a set of criteria on
which to base your evaluation, and collect information about the problem and its proposed
solution by gathering sources or interviewing an expert. Suggestions for Other Genres 6. POST
A MOVIE OR RESTAURANT REVIEW Review a recently released movie or a new restaurant
for the readers of a specific blog or website. To prepare, read reviews that have appeared on the
site you have selected, and familiarize yourself with its conventions. If you are reviewing a
movie, describe the movie and evaluate it, keeping in mind the interests of your readers. Take
notes and, if possible, interview others who have seen the movie. Visit the movie’s website to
learn about the movie, its director, and its cast. If you are reviewing a restaurant, have a meal at
the restaurant with one or more friends. Order a variety of items, examine the decor, and keep
track of the quality of the service provided by the waitstaff. After you leave the restaurant, take
notes to remind yourself of your impressions of the food, decor, and service. Ask your friends for
their reactions, and take note of them as well. In your review, describe the restaurant and
evaluate it, keeping in mind the interests of readers who read the blog or visit the site. Your
review should focus primarily on your personal assessment of the movie or restaurant. Draw on
your notes to introduce ideas, illustrate a point, or support your conclusions. 7. WRITE A
PROGRESS REPORT Write a report that evaluates the progress that a group or organization you
belong to has made during a particular period of time, such as the last six months or the last year.
To develop the criteria for your progress report, interview key members of the group or
organization, or locate any written documents that define its goals. Draw on your personal
experience with the group, interviews, and documents (such as funding proposals or a website)
as sources of evidence for your evaluation. Your report should define the group’s or
organization’s goals and assess its progress in meeting them. The report might also include
recommendations about strategies for enhancing the group’s or organization’s efforts to meet its
goals. 8. WRITE A REVIEW OF LITERATURE A literature review offers your assessment of
relevant published sources in a given area, such as the use of social media to support writing
instruction or approaches to funding presidential campaigns. The goal of a literature review is to
share your understanding of the range of ideas, information, and arguments you find in a body of
published work. For example, you might find that the work you’ve read about the use of social
media in writing instruction focuses on three areas: (1) supporting interaction among members of
a given writing class, (2) allowing instructors to share course materials with students, and (3)
helping instructors and students share feedback on writing projects. In your literature review,
locate sources using the search strategies discussed in Chapters 12 and 13. Read your sources
carefully and identify general approaches to the subject. Provide an overview of each approach
you’ve identified; then discuss some of the most important or representative sources. Use
quotations, paraphrases, and summaries to share information from the sources with your readers.
Use in-text citation and a works cited list to identify your sources.
Page 672 – 675
How Do I Cite Sources within the Text of My Document? MLA style uses parentheses for intext citations to acknowledge the use of another author’s words, facts, and ideas. When you refer
to a source within your text, provide the author’s last name and specific page number(s) — if the
source is paginated. Your reader can then go to the works cited list at the end of your document
to find a full citation. 1. Basic format for a source named in your text Most often, you will want
to name the author of a source within your sentence rather than in a parenthetical citation. By
doing so, you create a context for the material (words, facts, or ideas) that you are including, and
you indicate where the information from the author begins. When you are using a direct
quotation, paraphrase, or summary from a source and have named the author in your sentence,
place only the page number in parentheses after the borrowed material. The period follows the
closing parenthesis. According to Tattersall, when early humans emerged from the dense forests
to the adjacent woodlands, their mobility and diet were forced to change dramatically (45). When
you are using a block (or extended) quotation, the parenthetical citation comes after the final
punctuation and a single space (see p. 641). If you continue to refer to a single source for several
sentences in a row within one paragraph — and without intervening references to another source
— you may place your reference at the end of the paragraph. However, be sure to include all
relevant page numbers. 2. Basic format for a source not named in your text If you have not
mentioned the author in your sentence, you must place the author’s name and the page number in
parentheses after the quotation, paraphrase, or summary. Again, the period follows the closing
parenthesis. It would have been impossible for early humans to digest red meat, as their
stomachs lacked the necessary acids to break down the muscle and tissue before delivery to the
intestines (Tattersall 46). 3. Entire source If you are referring to an entire source rather than to a
specific page or pages, you do not need a parenthetical citation. Author Jhumpa Lahiri adapted
the title for her book of stories Unaccustomed Earth from a line in the first chapter of Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. 4. Corporate, group, or government author Cite the corporation,
group, or government agency as you would an individual author. You may use abbreviations for
the source in subsequent references if you add the abbreviation in parentheses at the first mention
of the name. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that a twenty-year-old has a
three in ten chance of becoming disabled before he or she reaches retirement age (4). If a worker
does become disabled, SSA assigns a representative to review the case individually (7). 5.
Unknown author If you are citing a source that has no known author, such as the book A Woman
in Berlin, use a brief version of the title in the parenthetical citation. The narrator pays particular
attention to the culture of rape in Berlin during World War II, calling it a “collective experience”
and claiming that German women comforted one another by speaking openly about it —
something they never would have considered during peacetime (Woman 147). 6. Two or more
works by the same author For references to authors with more than one work in your works cited
list, insert a short version of the title between the author and the page number, separating the
author and the title with a comma. (Sacks, Hallucinations 77) (Sacks, Mind’s Eye 123) 7. Two or
more authors with the same last name Include the first initial and last name in the parenthetical
citation. (F. McCourt 27) (M. McCourt 55)
8. Two authors Include the last name of each author in your citation. In the year following
Hurricane Katrina, journalist and activist Jane Wholey brought together a group of twenty New
Orleans middle schoolers in an effort to reimagine their school system’s food environment from
the ground up (Gottlieb and Joshi 2). 9. Three or more authors Use only the last name of the first
author and the abbreviation “et al.” (Latin for “and others”). There is no comma between the
author’s name and “et al.” (Johnson et al. 17) 10. Literary work Along with the page number(s),
give other identifying information, such as a chapter, scene, or line number, that will help readers
find the passage. One prominent motif introduced at the opening of Beloved is bestiality,
exemplified in Sethe’s being described as “down on all fours” at the first appearance of her dead
daughter’s ghost (Morrison 27; ch. 1). 11. Work in an edited collection or anthology Cite the
author of the work, not the editor of the collection or anthology. (See also item 28 on p. 681.) In
his satirical essay “A Presidential Candidate,” Mark Twain outlines his plan to thwart the
opposition, insisting that “if you know the worst about a candidate, to begin with, every attempt
to spring things on him will be checkmated” (3). 12. Sacred text Give the name of the edition
you are using, along with the chapter and verse (or their equivalent). It is still very sage advice to
“withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it”
(King James Bible, Prov. 2.27). The Qur’an points to the bee and its natural ability to produce
honey as proof of God’s existence (“The Bees” 16.68). 13. Two or more works cited together
Use a semicolon to separate entries. Byron Bancroft Johnson founded the American League in
1901 by raiding the National League for its best players, offering them competitive salaries to
jump leagues (Appel 3; Stout and Johnson 8). 14. Source quoted in another source Ideally, you
should track down the original source of the quotation. If you must use a quotation cited by
another author, use the abbreviation “qtd. in” (for “quoted in”) when you cite the source. When
Henry Ford introduced the Model T, he insisted on making it a practical and affordable family
car, maintaining that “no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with
his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces” (qtd. in Booth 9). 15.
Source without page numbers Give a section, paragraph, or screen number, if numbered, in the
parenthetical citation. First-time American mothers and fathers both have aged an average of
three to four years since 1970 (Shulevitz, par. 4). If no numbers are available, list only the
author’s name in parentheses. It is adults, not children, who present the greatest challenge in gift
giving, as adults tend to long for intangibles — like love or career success — that are harder to
pin down (Rothman).
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