Evaluation Essay


Format for your evaluation paper

Basic guidelines

Your paper must be in MLA format.

It should be at least four pages long plus a Works Cited page.

The writing should be in Standard American English, well-structured, easy to follow, free from personal references and unnecessary wordiness.

Your introduction should

Present the subject of your evaluation: “The 1962 movie ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’”

Present your evaluation claim and your criteria.

Your audience

Classic movie enthusiasts

Your purpose

Persuade your audience to see the value (or lack of value) of the movie.

Each body paragraph should

State a criterion and defend it is necessary

Show that X meets or does not meet the criterion

Treatment of alternative or opposing views

Summarize objections to your criteria or your match

Respond to these objections

Each reference to a source should

Introduce the source using an attributive tag (According to….)

Quote or summarize the important information from the source

Explain the significance of the information from the source

Include a correct MLA in-text citation, which is also referenced in the final

Works Cited page

Your conclusion should

Sum up your evaluation

A final note

This paper is not about you. It is about the issue (the movie). Therefore, the following words and phrases do not belong in your essay: I, me, myself, we, us, in my opinion, I think, I believe. Your paper is also not about your reader, and you do not know your reader personally; therefore, the following words do not belong in your essay either: you, your, you’re, yourself.