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Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Roger Ebert
and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Elvis Mitchell

Q: One criterion for an effective evaluation is that the writer explains the criteria on which he or she bases the evaluation. In what ways does Ebert do this? In what ways does Mitchell?

Thinking Rhetorically

Keep in mind the following questions as you read the two reviews of Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that follow. Make it a practice to ask yourself these questions in all your readings—personal, academic, and professional—and you will strengthen and sharpen your abilities as a reader and as a writer.

The reading selections that follow are examples of evaluative writing. As you read through the selections that your instructor assigns, consider the following questions:

• How clearly are the evaluative criteria explained?
• To what extent do I agree with the evaluation? Why?
• How well do I understand why the writer evaluated this subject as he did? That is, how clearly has the writer explained his judgment?
• How familiar am I with the subject that is being evaluated? What does my knowledge add to my reading of this text?
• What else would I like to know about the subject being evaluated?
How can I learn more about it?
• How can I use the techniques of evaluative writing, as demonstrated here, in my own writing?

This is what I have so far. I don't know what to write please helppppp.

Roger Ebert speaks like true film nerd- As far as film criticism goes. He does also apply that particular art in to his reviews making more interesting the film. It will be very interesting to see what happens when his show “At The Movies” go On air again. Roger Ebert is one of the most eloquent, insightful and thoroughly accessible film critics around.

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    You have not addressed any of these:

    • How clearly are the evaluative criteria explained?
    • To what extent do I agree with the evaluation? Why?
    • How well do I understand why the writer evaluated this subject as he did? That is, how clearly has the writer explained his judgment?
    • How familiar am I with the subject that is being evaluated? What does my knowledge add to my reading of this text?
    • What else would I like to know about the subject being evaluated?
    How can I learn more about it?
    • How can I use the techniques of evaluative writing, as demonstrated here, in my own writing?

    When an assignment says "consider the following questions," the intention is that you address ALL of them.

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    How can I do that>? am sorry I am not a thinker person, or criterion, I just don't know how start it or what to write, can you help me please?

  • English 101 -

    Read and reread the article your teacher has assigned to be read before you tackle these questions. Reread it enough times that you think you've memorized it!

    Take a separate sheet of paper (don't use the computer) and write an answer for each question in your own words. Write as if you were writing in a journal: just keep writing and don't worry about grammar or spelling or punctuation. Just write.

    This is brainstorming.

    Once you have done that for every question separately (you'll have at least 6 different sheets of paper with your brainstorming/journaling on them), then reread the article again and then start going through each of your responses to those questions. Highlight the sections you want to keep. Ignore the rest.

    Once you've gone back through your brainstorming and highlighted the main ideas you want to keep for each question, start writing. You should probably get at least a paragraph for each of the six questions.

    THEN you can add an introduction and a conclusion. (Right now, you should scrap what you have written.)

    Post again when you have finished.

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    If you can't begin to answer any of these questions, I suggest you don't belong in this class. College is for thinking people.

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    Thank you very much Writeacher, I'll start right now, and Ms sue I know that I don't belong to this class BUT is one of the Requirements :(

  • English 101 -

    Please also don't talk yourself into negatives. Instead of telling yourself you're not a thinker, you must tell yourself you can learn to be a good thinker. You know ... self-fulfilling prophecy?

    And if you're not clear on the meanings of any words, be sure to look them up.

    http://www.answers.com

    http://www.dictionary.com

    http://www.onelook.com

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