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6.6: Assignment - Critical Reading of an Essay

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  • For this assignment, create a Critical Reading of an essay about a text from one of the contemporary authors listed below.

    Directions

    1. Review the grading rubric as listed on this page.
    2. Select ONE essay from the contemporary author sites linked here:
    3. Review the strategies listed on the Reading Critically page.
    4. Create a Critical Reading of the essay of your choice in 500–700 words in a new Google Doc.
      • Cite the author and the text in your paper
      • Pay close attention to the author’s argument, meaning, evidence, logic, and assumptions.
      • Compose a critical reading response of the essay and be sure to answer: What is the author doing?
      • Also, be sure to answer: How well is he or she doing it?
    5. Copy and paste your Critical Reading of an essay in a new post on your WordPress blog.
    6. Submit the URL of your WordPress blog post to your instructor.

    Grading

    Points: 100

    Submitting: a website URL

    Critical Reading of an Essay KEEP
    Criteria Ratings Points
    Identifies author and work Identifies
    5 pts
    Does not identify
    0 pts
    5 pts
    Answers “what is the author doing?” Proficient
    15 pts
    Developing
    11 pts
    Lacks answer
    0 pts
    15 pts
    Answers “how well is the author doing it?” Proficient
    15 pts
    Developing
    11 pts
    Lacks answer
    0 pts
    15 pts
    Examines the author’s claims Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No examination
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Examines the author’s evidence Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No examination
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Examines the author’s assumptions Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No examination
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Reviews the argument from different angles Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No review
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Examines the effectiveness of the introduction/conclusion Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No examination
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Examines how the piece is organized Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No examination
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Demonstrates an understanding of the author’s purpose Proficient
    8 pts
    Developing
    6 pts
    No examination
    0 pts
    8 pts
    Standard Edited English/Writing conventions Proficient
    5 pts
    Developing
    4 pts

    Errors detract from meaning/no post
    0 pts

    5 pts
    Finished piece easy to read, polished, posted in WordPress blog site Proficient
    4 pts
    Developing
    3 pts
    Needs more work
    0 pts
    4 pts
    Describe the main point, evidence, and assumptions of a text. Exceeds expectations
    0 pts
    Meets expectations
    0 pts
    Does not meet expectations
    0 pts
    0 pts
    Make inferences to comprehend a text’s meaning. Exceeds expectations
    0 pts
    Meets expectations
    0 pts
    Does not meet expectations
    0 pts
    0 pts
    Compose a critical reading paper of a contemporary work. Exceeds expectations
    0 pts
    Meets expectations
    0 pts
    Does not meet expectations
    0 pts
    0 pts
    TOTAL POINTS 100
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