Why did you make the judgment you did about your topic?
Write a 500-750 word essay using evaluation as the chief method of development.
Use your own thoughts, observations, and/or experiences as the sources for this essay. Research is NOT required or expected for this essay.
Purpose: to persuade
Method of Development: evaluation
Choose your own topic, but make sure that you establish the judgment you are making about your topic somewhere in the introduction. The goal of an evaluative essay is to make some kind of value judgment. Your judgment should be based on a set of criteria: for instance, if you make a “judgment” that a specific restaurant is a bad one at which to eat, the “criteria” that you use to make the “judgment” might include slow service, noisy atmosphere, high prices, and poorly-prepared food.
With that in mind, one of the following topics may serve your purpose: a restaurant, a movie, a car, a vacation spot, or whether it is better to live in the country or the city, or whether it is better to live in a house or apartment. You will need to be specific about the topic: for instance, if you write about a restaurant or movie, you will need to name it. If you have something in mind but you are unsure if it will work as an evaluative essay topic, please send me a message through the Messages link for assistance.
In this essay assignment, your goal should be to demonstrate the basis for your judgment: Why did you make the judgment you did about your topic? Provide your readers with an understanding of your decision-making process. You do not need to persuade everyone to hold your view, only that your view came about through sound reasoning. In any case, be aware of your audience (your classmates) and your tone, which should be relatively formal although first-person pronouns are acceptable. Your choice of words may greatly influence your reader’s impression of your topic. Be careful to present your topic as you would like it to be interpreted.