Explain Your Criteria In An Evaluation Essay

What is an Evaluation Essay?

To write an evaluation essay you need understanding and knowledge about your chosen subject.

It can be serious or humorous. Make it interesting.

Gives and opinion on an object (a piece of art) or incident (visit to a restaurant).

It’s a sort of review.

Gives the reader information to enable them to decide their opinion.

How to start

Guidelines - (example - a book)

Give a short description. Use a list or paragraph to do this.

Before you read the book - why did you choose that book? What were your expectations about the book?

After you read the book, did you feel that your experience matched your expectation?

Which genre does the book fit into?

What do you think is the most excellent example of this type of book?

Which parts of the book worked the best ?

Which parts of the book did not work well?

This is an evaluation essay - so you need a thesis.

Make a list (three columns as below) and fill in the information using your answers (use at least three rows).

  • Criteria
  • Evidence
  • Judgment

Using the information in the list, evaluate the information only using one sentence. This sentence is your thesis, and this gives you the focus for your criteria.

Using the table you can then apply the thesis to each criteria e.g.

Row 1. The criteria is XXX and the evidence for this is YYY therefore the judgement is ZZZ, and now apply this information to the thesis. The more rows that are in the table the more points there are support or refute the thesis.

Using the usual format for an essay continue by applying the following information to the standard sections: Introduction; Main; Conclusion.

How do you achieve clarity when presenting your criteria?

  • Give reasons and examples to illustrate your criteria.
  • Know your audience.
  • Share your opinion.
  • Make comparisons. (compare to another book in the same genre; compare to a book that is heralded as being one of the best examples/worst examples).
  • Use positive language.
  • Give your criteria order (chronological, spatial or important).
  • Use the notes that you produced prior to clarifying the thesis to support your claims.

Proof read your work.

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