critical analysis project

critical analysis project

“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan (2006)
The author reflects on her upbringing by a Chinese immigrant mother and discusses the different forms of the English language she uses.

“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris (1999)
The author humorously recounts taking a difficult French class in Paris with his significant other.

“Some Lessons From the Assembly Line” by Andrew Braaksma (2005)
The author compares the difficulties of working 12-hour days in a factory with leisurely college life.

Overview: In this assignment, you’ll do a literal reading of the reading you selected in the quiz in this module. This will be the first step of the critical analysis essay you will complete this term.

Prompt: Now that you have read your piece and taken some notes, the following critical elements must be addressed. Write at least three sentences in response to questions 2–4.

1. What article did you select for your critical analysis project? List the title and author here. 2. An author’s purpose or goal is their reason for writing a work. Based on a literal reading of your selected article, what do you believe is the author’s

purpose? How did you arrive at that decision? 3. Key points are pieces of evidence that support the author’s purpose. In your selected article, what are three key points that support the author’s purpose

that you identified in this reading? How do those key points support it? 4. An author’s audience is the group (or groups) of people being addressed in the reading. What audience do you believe the author is writing for in your

selected article? What potential challenges does the author face when addressing their purpose with this audience?

Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Save your work in a Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Then, check your writing for errors. Once you have proofread your document, submit it via the Assignment: Writing Notes link in Brightspace.

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Name Names the article and author of the article

Does not name the article or author of the article

10

Author’s Purpose Determines a purpose to be addressed in analysis essay, and purpose is derived from one of the provided articles

Determines a purpose to be addressed in analysis essay, but purpose is not derived from one of the provided articles

Does not determine a purpose to be addressed in analysis essay

25

Author’s Key Points Determines key points and rationale

Determines key points and rationale, but they are cursory or inaccurate

Does not determine key points and rationale

25

Author’s Audience Identifies audience and determines potential challenges

Identifies audience but does not determine potential challenges

Does not identify audience 25

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Articulation of Response

Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas

15

Total 100%

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