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5.5: Criterion-Referenced Skills for College Writing (Part 3)

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    11 Social Analysis

    Do the Social Analysis paragraphs have at least 3 of the following structural traits (statements)?

      yes no N/A note
    A statement describing what social situations this work describes or addresses        
    A statement identifying the author's attitudes toward men and women        
    A statement indicating what social events in childhood affected the author's thinking        
    A statement indicating what type or types of groups he or she belonged to        
    A statement indicating what was acceptable and unacceptable in his or her society        
    A statement indicating what effects social institutions (marriage, children, parenting, government, church) have on the writing        
    A statement indicating what specific social areas he or she addressed        
    A statement indicating whether or not society should act like this        
    A statement indicating whether or not we are a product of our social surroundings        
    A statement indicating what solutions are suggested        
    12 Gendered Analysis

    Do the Gendered Analysis paragraphs have at least 3 of the following structural traits (statements)?

      yes no N/A note
    A statement identifying which gender is the author's audience        
    A statement indicating what is the author's attitude toward men        
    A statement indicating what is the author's attitude toward women        
    A statement indicating the effect of the gender of the author on this selection        
    A statement indicating how the author's attitude toward the "non-audience" is gender-biased        
    A statement indicating what male conventions exist in the selection        
    A statement indicating what activities, emotions, values are privileged in this text        
    A statement indicating how the reader reacts to the selection depending on the gender of the author        
    A statement indicating whether or not the author subconsciously wants to be a different gender        
    A statement indicating whether he or she had a “normal” sexual orientation        
    A statement indicating whether or not the author subconsciously hates the other gender        
    A statement indicating whether or not he or she suffered a sexual trauma at the hands of the other gender        
    A statement indicating whether or not he or she was obsessed with sex        
    A statement indicating who was his or her sexual role model        
    13 Psychoanalytical Analysis

    Do the Psychoanalytical Analysis paragraphs have at least 3 of the following structural traits (statements)?

      yes no N/A note
    A statement indicating whether the author condescends, or "explains" his or her more profound thoughts        
    A statement indicating the author’s assumptions about his or her reader and whether the author pretends to a relevance, an attitude, or an awareness he or she does not possess        
    A statement indicating what kind of pressure there is from the author for the reader to conform to the author's social standards        
    A statement indicating to what degree the author feels he or she is excluded justly or unjustly because of social, racial, or ethical discrimination        
    A statement indicating the degree to which physical, emotional, or intellectual deviations from the “normal” were severe enough to have colored the author's view        
    A statement indicating whether any deviations were severe enough to have made the author's viewpoint distinctively different from others        
    A statement indicating whether an emotional or physical trauma resulted in an altered viewpoint        
    A statement indicating how the physical or emotional trauma-oriented disturbance validates or invalidates the author's work for the general public        
    14 Historical Analysis

    Do the Historical Analysis paragraph(s) have at least 3 of the following structural traits (statements)?

      yes no N/A note
    A series of statements indicating how the selection is related to other works during the same period of time        
    A series of statements indicating which particular historical event (or events) contributed to or influenced the selection        
    A series of statements indicating what prevailing social, intellectual, religious, political, and economic attitudes existed that may have impacted the work        
    A statements indicating what literary period this selection fall into        
    A series of statements describing how this selection is representative of or contradictory to the literary period        
    A statement indicating how this selection fits into a tradition (literary or otherwise)        
    A statement indicating how this selection affects us today        
    A statement indicating how the selection fits into the overall historical period        
    15 Conclusion (Synthesis/Evaluation)

    Does the Conclusion have the following structural traits (statements)?

      yes no N/A note
    A statement indicating what the student finds to be true from his or her analysis of this selection        
    A statement or statements indicating anything else he or she finds to be true from studying this selection        
    A statement or statements indicating why what he or she finds to be true is important        
    A statement or statements indicating what he or she first thought about the topic in the selection        
    A statement or statements indicating what, after the analysis, he or she now thinks about the topic        
    A statement or statements indicating what some people might say after reading the selection        
    A statement or statements indicating what other people might say        
    A statement or statements indicating how the student writer feels overall about this selection and what it has to say        

    Section III. Revision

    Style (Appeal to Audience)

    Does the student demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subject or issue by:

      yes no N/A note
    Using terms and expressions appropriate to the audience?        
    Establishing his authority on the subject?        
    Following all submission and style standards to the letter?        
    Following conventions of that style to the letter?        
    Using Appropriate grammatical person?        
    Using an appropriate verb tense?        
    Using an appropriate grammatical voice (active/passive)?        
    Using appropriate word size?        
    Using appropriate qualifiers and adjectives?        
    Using appropriate punctuation?        
    Using controlled and appropriate voice/tone (happy, serious, angry, etc.)?        
    Using honorific language?        
    Avoiding pejorative language?        
    Using anecdotes?        
    Alluding to his anecdotes or other well-known symbols?        
    Fallacies

    Does the student avoid the following logical fallacies in his or her argument:

      yes no N/A note
    Ad hominem        
    Bandwagon        
    Begging the question        
    Equivocation        
    False analogy        
    False authority        
    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc        
    False dilemma        
    Guilt by association        
    Hasty generalization        
    Non sequitur        
    Oversimplification        
    Red herring        
    Slippery slope  
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