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Workshop Evaluation Guide
- Is the entire document double-spaced and in proper MLA format with a correct Heading and correct Header. Refer to MLA Template in Course Documents
- Has your peer constructed a clear thesis in which he/she directly responds to the appropriate prompt?
- Is it absolutely clear which prompt (Option 1 or 2) he/she has selected?
- Attached to the thesis, is there a clear plan of development indicating the three literary devices that will be compared/contrasted? The following are some literary devices: theme, characterization, symbolism, plot patterns, plot conflict, point-of-view, irony, hyperbole, foreshadowingâ€¦etc?
- Two (2) Flannery Oâ€™Connor short stories must be used as primary sources, one of which must be â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Findâ€
Are there six rhetorical prÃ©cis total?
- Are there only four sentences in each rhetorical prÃ©cis?
- Does each sentence succinctly follow the rhetorical prÃ©cis formula noted on the instructional guide, exemplified in the samples, and revisited in my Revision Guide for Rhetorical PrÃ©cis page? If the author deviates from the formula in any way, please suggest that he/she stick with the required rhetorical prÃ©cis structure and provide clear suggestions.
- Does Sentence 1 provide the name of the author, the genre (literary criticism) and title of the work with the date (in parentheses), a rhetorically active verb (states, claims, posits, argues, asserts) followed by a â€œthatâ€ phrase in which the thesis of the work is stated (either paraphrased, quoted, or summed up) in one sentence with a parenthetical citation at the end?
- Does Sentence 2 provide the rhetorical method(s) of writing used by the author of the literary criticism? Here are some rhetorical modes:
- narration and description are modes with the primary purpose of stirring the reader’s emotions
- process,exemplification, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, illustration, definition, and classification/division are methods that help readers understand a subject, explore its functions, causes, consequences, relationships to other subjects, meaning, or nature
- argumentation and persuasion are methods that seek to change readers’ attitudes or actions with regard to specific subjects
- Does Sentence 2 include the plan of development of the literary criticism (i.e. the main supporting points used to examine the thesis)?
- Does Sentence 3 state the purpose of the piece. Why is he/she writing this piece? Also, what effect is the author hoping to inspire within the reader? This is accomplished with an â€œin order toâ€ phrase. i.e. The purpose of this piece is X in order to Y.
Does Sentence 4 explains the authorâ€™s tone (specify tone) and intended audience?
_____ Use the present tense.
_____ Careful and concise use of diction
_____ Good Sentence Structure
_____ Proper use of mechanics (grammar, punctuation marks, sentence structureâ€¦etc.)
Eliminate the following:
_____ Free of Spelling errors
_____ Free of Run-ons
_____ Free of Fragments
_____ Free of slang, clichÃ©s, sarcasm, or inflammatory language
_____ Avoid contractions
_____ Free of Personal Pronouns, such as you, your(s), yourself, me, I, mine, myself, we, us, our(s), and ourselves
_____ Free of repetition, especially at the beginning of nearby sentences
_____ Free of Pronoun Agreement errors
_____ Free of Subject-Verb Agreement errors
_____ Free of Punctuation errors, such as comma, semi-colon, quotation marks, apostrophesâ€¦etc.
_____ Parallel structure with parallel elements in a series (commas must separate three or more elements in a series)
- Is his/her writing easy to read?
- What are the main syntactical problems with each summary? Use the checklist provided. Make a list and provide reference web link from previous DB Commentary threads, from Google, or other resources. Making a list and suggesting a solution is a concrete way to help your peer receive the assistance needed with his/her problem areas.
- Does the first sentence of each prÃ©cis include a parenthetical citation after the borrowed passage, meaning that within parentheses, you must insert the authorâ€™s last name and the page number from which you gathered the passage. If your source does not have a page number, then post the paragraph number. i.e. (Jones 2) or (Jones par. 8)
- Is there an appropriate parenthetical citation after each directly quoted, paraphrased, or summed up piece of evidence?
- Is there a full Works Cited page at the end of assignment that contains seven (7) full source entries for your eight sources (one for your Oâ€™Connor stories and six for your secondary sources)?