Lower Division Oral and Written Communication


Related Critical Thinking Skills Course

In-Class Critical Review Assignment


Apply the “art of criticism within a deliberative community” to a classmate’s  argumentative essay.  As you prepare your comments, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined throughout the text. Provide thoughtful, constructive feedback regarding the essay’s fulfillment of all aspects of the argumentative essay  assignment. 


In preparation for this process, be sure to review the criteria for assessment outlined in  the final argumentative essay assignment. Be sure as well  to  review  Chapters  4-7 (pp. 111-285) of  the text, focusing particularly on pp. 240-280.  Finally, be sure to incorporate reflections on the many substantive class discussions regarding family life issues in general and, more specifically,  the issues explored in the essay you are reviewing.  Below are a few additional  guidelines  for completion of the critical review assignment:


1.       Record your name on the essay;

2.       Write your comments on the essay itself (providing both specific comments throughout the body of the text and a summary assessment at the end of the document);

3.       Provide specific suggestions for revision of the essay;

4.       Be sure to identify strengths as well as areas needing improvement;

5.       Be sure your comments are thoughtful and constructive, following the guidelines outlined in the final chapter of the text.


Criteria for Assessment of the Peer Review:


·         Follows all assignment guidelines

·         Reflects understanding of  all argumentative essay  assignment  criteria

·         Reflects ability to  apply  argumentative  essay  assignment criteria in a concrete context

·         Demonstrates ability to apply the art  of criticism within a deliberative community (following the guidelines outlined in Chapter 7 of  the text)

·         Demonstrates ability to  identify  issues in a concrete context

·         Demonstrates ability to assess acceptability of premises, relevance, adequacy of support, comprehensiveness, structural coherence, critical self-reflexivity, responsiveness, accountability, and  soundness  of  argument in a concrete context

·         Demonstrates the capacity to communicate clearly and concisely

·         Demonstrates sensitivity and responsiveness to interests, needs, beliefs, and values of the broader deliberative community (including all class members, as well as authors of e-reserve readings)

·         Demonstrates capacity to provide thoughtful, responsible, and responsive feedback

·         Demonstrates ability to apply moral imagination, empathic reading, critical self awareness, and balanced partiality throughout the review process

·         Demonstrates ability to assess adherence to appropriate and relevant standards of communication, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling in a concrete context