you systematically evaluate a work’s effectiveness including what it does well and what it does poorly. write a critical analysis of Christopher Rowland’s article entitled With fitness trackers in the workplace, bosses can monitor your every step.
A critical analysis has a similar structure to an essay. You must include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, but what you include in each section is different.
- What is the author’s claim or thesis? What assumptions are being made – and are they acceptable?
- What support (evidence) is offered on behalf of the claim? Are they relevant and are they convincing-Why?
- How does the author use the rhetorical appeals: logos, ethos, and pathos?
- How does the author establish the image of himself or herself that we sense in the article? What is the author’s tone, and is it appropriate?
- Does the author seem to you to be fair-Why? Is the author a critical thinker, biased, or open-minded? Are counterarguments adequately considered?
How to Structure a Critical Analysis
Introduction (1 paragraph)
- Provide context for the article, this is the background information
- Give the title of the article, the author, source, and, in the case of a magazine or academic journal, the date of publication
- Describe the purpose or main argument of the material in one sentence
- State your overall impression of the article, this is your thesis statement for this assignment
Body (2-3 paragraphs)
- Provide your analysis of the findings/arguments/conclusions of the article
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses, limitations, and problems with the material
- Make sure to reference the author and the material (use direct quotes and/or paraphrase evidence) to support your analysis
Conclusion (1 paragraph)
- Summarize what your BODY paragraphs said
- Make a final judgement on the overall value of the article
- Comment on future implications or views of the topic and why that is important
Due no later than Sunday, July 26th by 11:59 PM
The essay should be approximately 2.5-3.5 pages [there is approx. 250 words per MLA formatted page]
Use MLA format: double-space, Times New Roman-12pt. font
Include MLA Work Cited page
Use a creative title
Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are expected.
The assignment is worth a maximum of 100 points. Review and use the attached rubric to help you reach your best goal and desired grade for the assignment. See Rubric: Rubricforcriticalanalysis.pdf
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