You will evaluate a particular product, performance, OR place by stating a clear judgment and supporting that judgment with commonly recognize criteria or standards. Basically, you will be writing a review without using research or looking online for ideas.
When evaluating a topic, you must be familiar with it, or at least be able to revisit and review it as necessary – absolutely no research allowed. Think back to Lamott and her food reviews – how many times did she revisit the restaurants?
Some more topics to choose from (no research!): Products: clothing, cell phone, car, food/drink
Performances: a play, TV show, movie, a previously recorded concert
Places: restaurant, library, bookstore, coffee shop, park, gym, campus locations
Pay special attention to the ways you choose to explain your topics – you should try to use various explanatory strategies to reach your audience, such as using examples, explaining a process, describing clearly, and analyzing (causes and effects/comparing and contrasting) whenever possible .
Use this checklist as .you work your way through the chapter in Choices:
o STEP 1: Explore Your Choices p. 206-212
o STEP 2: Write Your Discovery Draft p.212-215
o STEP 3: Revise Your Draft p. 215-227
o STEP 4: Edit Your Sentences p. 228-233
o STEP 5: Share Your Essay p. 233-234
o Chapter Checklist p. 234-235
o REFLECTING ON YOUR WRlTING p. 235