evaluation comments 1

  1. evaluate the the summaries and responses based on the following four (4) areas: Rhetorical Précis, Response Paragraphs, Syntax, and Citations. Make sure to use this Workshop Evaluation Guide (‹— Use this link) to evaluate your partner’s WA1. Other reference guides that you may use in addition to the Workshop Evaluation Guide are:
      • the extensive checklist included in the Writing Assignment 1 instructional document
      • the Sample WA1
      • the Rhetorical Précis instructional document with all samples,
      • the Refutation/Rebuttal Resources
      • MLA web links
  1. Write a Workshop evaluation report of at least 300 words in length (length may vary and generally “should” exceed minimum). Make sure that it is broken up into four sections with bulleted suggestions, just as in the Workshop Evaluation Guide. Then, post your peer-evaluation report as a “Reply” to your partner’s primary post. Note: All Workshop evaluation reports must be posted no later than 11:59 PM PST Friday September 28. No exceptions, please.

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Workshop Evaluation Guide

Hello, editors!

Here is my Workshop Evaluation Guide. Please use the following format and criteria to devise your peer-evaluation report (minimum 300 words) of your peer’s WA1.

Rhetorical Précis:

  • Are there only four sentences in each rhetorical précis?
  • Does each sentence succinctly follow the rhetorical précis formula instructed in the “Rhetorical Précis” document and exemplified in the few samples? If the author deviates from the formula in any way, please suggest that he/she stick with said précis structure.
  • Does Sentence 1 provide the name of the author, the source type (literary criticism essay) and title of the work with the publication year (in parentheses), a concise appropriate verb (claims, posits, argues, asserts, states) followed by a “that” phrase in which the thesis of the work is stated (either paraphrased, summed up, or directly quoted).
  • Does Sentence 2 include the rhetorical method of writing used by the author to present his/her supporting points? Is it structured in the following way? “[Insert author’s last name] supports his/her main claim by [insert rhetorical mode] [insert plan of development, meaning main supporting points].”

NOTE: Here is a list of the different rhetorical methods of organization (I have noted what each method aims to achieve):

  • narration and description (modes whose primary purpose is stirring the reader’s emotions)
  • process, exemplification, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, illustration, definition, and classification/division (methods that help readers understand a subject, explore its functions, causes, consequences, relationships to other subjects, meaning, or nature)
  • argumentation and persuasion (methods that seek to change readers’ attitudes or actions with regard to specific subjects).
  • Does Sentence 3 state the purpose of the piece (why is he/she writing this piece?), followed by an “in order to” phrase, and an indication of what the author might hope to inspire in the reader with this piece (perhaps to view the story or some element of it in a specific way)?
  • Does Sentence 4 state the author’s tone (i.e. scholarly, informative, technical, persuasive…etc.) and explain the author’s intended audience?


  • Does the author use the present tense?
  • Does the author avoid self-references (I feel, I think, my view, in my opinion…etc.)? The writer must use an objective tone.
  • Does the author address the prompts in the “Response” portion of the assignment? Remember, the author must properly formulate a Summary and a Response for each literary criticism. Has the author responded to both prompts, collectively?
  • Does each response include an introduction (sentence) that explicitly states your thesis and properly introduces the focus of your paragraph response in the topic sentence?
  • Does the thesis clearly identify your focus and does it include a plan of development, if you have multiple supporting points in that paragraph?
  • Are there convincing summed up, paraphrased, and/or directly quoted evidence that support your main point? NOTE: Borrowed evidence must be directly relevant and should sufficiently illustrate the writer’s claim.
  • Are there effective transitional words and/or phrases throughout paragraph (First, Secondly, One way X is so, Additionally, Next, Conversely, for example, for instance…etc.)?
  • Is there a relevant closing that restates the thesis and plan of development to properly frame the paragraph? Does it also contain Salinger’s hypothetical response to the literary criticism?
  • In the Response to Prompt 1, does the author provide sufficient and relevant evidence to support the authors’ main claim/thesis?
  • Has the author avoided placing quotes back-to-back?
  • Does he/she use the Triple-E formula? Triple E: Present the example, include the contextual evidence to support the example, and provide an explanation of how the contextual evidence supports the example, thereby your thesis.
  • Has the author avoided vague information or language?
  • In the refutation/rebuttal response, has the author properly used one of the formulas outlined in this class? Is it clear?
  • Is evidence provided to negate the opposing point or argument within the theory?
  • Has a counter argument been provided with evidence?

The Checklist provided in the Writing Assignment 1 instructional guide is a really great reference guide to use.


  • Are there any grammatical, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, and/or mechanical errors? If so, list them. Use the Checklist provided in the Writing Assignment 1 instructional guide as a reference guide.
  • Is his/her work easy to read?
  • What are the main syntactical problems with the Summary-Response? Make a list, so that your peer can use it when he/she either goes online (Google) to receive help with the problem areas or visits the Writing Center for assistance.

Again, use the Checklist provided in the Writing Assignment 1 instructional document as a yardstick. After all, that is how I am grading you.

Citations (& Format):

  • Is the body of work double-spaced and in proper MLA format?
  • Is there an appropriate parenthetical citation after each directly quoted, summed up, or paraphrased piece of evidence, particularly in the first sentence of each rhetorical précis and in each of the responses?
  • Is there a full Works Cited page at the end of the Summary-Response that contains proper MLA reference citations (full source entries)?
  • Is the Works Cited page properly formatted and in correct alphabetical order? Refer to the MLA web links provided in the External Links module.

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