Self-Evaluation Essay

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The following is a compressed version of the self-evaluation form that is also available as an on-line form that I will ask you to fill out and submit to me after completing each of your essays. This version is more convenient to print out. Categories A, B, and C detail the criteria that I will use to evaluate your essay. A. Thesis statement and essay unity. Does the thesis statement I have written at the end of the essay really express the main point that I make in the essay? (TS 2) Does the thesis statement reflect everything in the essay? Does the essay develop everything in the thesis statement? (TS 3) Does the thesis statement make a positive statement rather than a negative one? (TS 5) Is every clause in the thesis statement in the active voice? (TS 6) (List the subjects and verbs of each clause in your thesis statement below to illustrate your answer.) Does your thesis statement answer the questions "why?" and "how?" to the satisfaction of a doubting reader? Your thesis statement, of course, will not support or explain or provide evidence of why or how, but it should state the reasons why it is true if these will be discussed in the essay. (TS 4) Is your thesis statement clear (TS 7), precise and limited (TS 8), controversial or informative (TS 9), and defensible (TS 10)? B. Introduction and conclusion. Is your first paragraph interesting? Does it provide concrete and specific material that is likely to catch the reader’s attention and focus it on your topic? (2d) Do you make a clear contract with the reader? Please summarize what you believe your contract is. Does the conclusion of your essay satisfy your contract with the reader? How? (2d) C. Body Do the paragraphs of your essay move in a logical direction? Does the reader have the experience of getting someplace, of answering questions and moving toward a point? Or does

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