Format for your evaluation paper
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 person, place, thing, event, or phenomenon that you are evaluating” (Ramage et al. 371).
Show why evaluating X is problematic or controversial
Present your evaluation claim and your criteria
Intelligent Texas taxpayers
Persuade your audience to see the value (or lack of value) of X.
Each body paragraph should
State a criterion and defend it if 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 (Ramage et al. 555)
Quote or summarize the important information from that 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. 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.