Instructions: Your first essay – the critical evaluation essay – is due at the end of week three. In this essay, you will be critically evaluating a classic argument.
Choose one argument from the historic American or global works listed in the “Supplemental Readings” section of the course lessons. Decide whether this argument is successful or not. If you decide this essay is successful, discuss why. You may use the structure of the argument, the tone, and the various types of support (ethos, pathos, and logos) as proof of the argument’s success. Make sure that your thesis has an introduction that contains a hook and a thesis, body paragraphs that discuss one proof at a time (one paragraph per example), and a conclusion. If you decide that the essay is not successful, then discuss the fallacies that the argument makes. You are still required to have a strong introduction (hook and thesis), body paragraphs that discuss one fallacy at a time, and a conclusion. You may also discuss how the essay is successful with reservations. In this case, point to both the support and the fallacies you have found in the work.
This paper should be at least 700 words, but no more than 850. The paper should be formatted correctly MLA style and written in third person (do not use the words I, me, us, we, or you). The essay should also contain citations and a works cited list.
Submission Instructions: Please submit this through the assignments link in the classroom. This assignment is due on Sunday, by 11:55 p.m., ET.
One of these readings…
Historic Global Works
Aristotle. Nichomachean Ethics, Book 1. The Internet Classics Archive. n.d. Web. 11 May 2012.
Demosthenes. “The Third Philippic.” Wikisource. 11 Sept. 2009. Web. 11 May 2012.
Descartes, Rene. “Meditation II.” The Classical Library. 2001. Web. 11 May 2012.
Marx, Karl. “Bourgeois and Proletariats.” The Classical Library. 2001. Web. 11 May 2012.
Plato. “Apology.” Project Gutenberg. 2008. Web. 11 May 2012.
Swift, Jonathan. “A Modest Proposal.” The Art Bin: Origo. n.d. Web. 11 May 2012.