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Chapter 14

ENC 1101 Chapter 14: Evaluation Arguments


Department
Center for Written and Oral Communication
Course Code
ENC 1101
Professor
Joseph Heizman
Chapter
14

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Evaluation Arguments
Evaluate: to make a judgement about something or someone
Types of Evaluation Argument:
A positive or negative judgement
Assert that someone else’s judgement is not accurate
Comparative judgement
One thing is superior to the other
Use words like “superior/inferior” and “effective/ineffective”
Look out for bias
Make a fair assessment of the subject
Don’t distort evidence or quote out of context
Beware of unfair appeals or logical fallacies
Criteria for Evaluation: Everything used to judge if a topic is good or bad
Your criteria tailors your thesis
Structure of an Evaluation Argument
1. Introduction: Establishes the criteria by which you will evaluate your subject
a. States the essays thesis
2. Evidence #1: Supplies facts, opinions, etc. to support your evaluation in terms of
one of the criteria.
3. Evidence #2: Same as Evidence #1 but in terms of the second criteria
4. Evidence #3: Same as Evidence #1 & #2, but in terms of the third criteria
5. Refutation of Opposing Arguments: Presents others’ evaluations and your
arguments against them
6. Conclusion: Reinforces the main point of the argument
a. STRONG concluding sentence!
Comparative: words used when comparing two things
“Bigger”, “better”
“More interesting”, “less realistic”
Superlative: words used when comparing three or more things
“The biggest”, “the best”
“The most interesting”, “The least realistic”
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