evaluative essay topic technology

Evaluative essay

Topic: Technology

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 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

Your audience


Intelligent Texas taxpayers

Your purpose


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.

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