critical analysis

HUM 3385
Guidelines for Critical
Analysis/Review Essay of Askari(Due April
16th)The purpose of a critical analysis/review
essay is to evaluate a book, in our case a piece of non-fiction, of
historical relevance. Your review should
analyze several aspects of the text under consideration, including the
argument, content, organization, main themes, and relevance for
understanding the historical time period in which it
covers (the end of the apartheid era). A critical review
essay is not a book report. It does not summarize the text; rather it
analyzes the author’s arguments, evaluates his/her supporting evidence,
and determines its contribution to the field of history. Review essays can be full of praise, disdain, or somewhere
in-between but always approach the text with a critical perspective.Again, this is not a book report.
You are not simply summarizing the book and what it is about. Review essays will be graded on your ability to indicate the book’s central thesis, main themes, evidence, and conclusions.Try to create an understanding
of the book’s historiographical significance, and the contribution it makes to the field of history. To do this, it is expected
that you will use secondary and perhaps even some primary sources to support your argument
from both the course assignments and outside material(specifically the FIT Library and Databases). It
might be best to begin by finding several academic reviews of the book you are reading. Use
these reviews to help you understand both what a review essay looks like and how to construct your own critique of the text. Remember to make use of the textbook
and other external readings we have used so far in this course as a starting point. You
should have minimum of three sources (not including the text itself).You
should have a title page, footnotes or endnotes, and a bibliography, as
well as page
numbers on every page except the title page. A well-written paper is
obviously more effective in presenting an argument than a poorly written
one; thus the quality of the writing will affect your grade. You should make a concerted effort to present a cogent and focused argument in your paper.
Your first or second paragraph should state your position clearly and concisely.Consider your audience to be an educated layperson who wants to understand the author’s thesis,
the key commentary it makes to the historic time period, and your evaluation of it. If you are unclear about the parameters of a Critical Analysis paper, see this
link from the University of Washington’s Writing Center: will turn in your
paper online through the link in the Critical Analysis Module section
of Canvas. I will be using the anti-plagiarism software,
so do be careful about quotations and material take from other sources. You will have until the end of the day (11:59 pm) on April 16,
2018 to turn it in.When grading your critical analysis, I will be using
the following grade format:
Grade Template
for PapersI
Format (must satisfy all the following requirements)
· Student Name on paper
· Correct
· Correct font (Times New Roman)
· Correct font size (12 point)
· Paper double spaced
· Assigned length (no less than 4fullpages
and no more than 5pages,
not including title page or bibliography)II
Style& Syntax (must satisfy all the following requirements)
· Evidence of paragraph structure (which included transition sentences for each paragraph)
· No overuse of quotations (avoid long quotes that go beyond three to four lines)
· All sources should be cited using MLA, APA, or Chicago citation. For an overview of the MLA documentation format
see:· No
use of Wikipedia; no citations from Wikipedia-(Note:
The sources I expect you to use should be of an academic nature,
meaning you should limit the sources you find from a Google search, and
instead use the wonderful resources available both physically and
online. Stick to academic sources.) III
Subject Matter of Paper (must satisfy all the following requirements)
· Paper recognizes the purpose of the assignment, that of a critical analysis, and includes a clear and concise
thesis statement.
· Paper provides a BRIEF (less
than a page) summary of the book and the time period in which in the book takes place.IV
Beyond the Basics (must satisfy all the following requirements)
· Paper addresses all aspects of the assignment,
including a full analysis of the book and its historic
· Paper is well written and well organized.
· Paper uses appropriate historical examples. V
Advanced Virtues (must satisfy all of
the following requirements)
· Paper makes effective use of reading assignments and
research (inside/outside the class)
· Paper demonstrates a historical sense (a
deeper historical understanding of the time period and events taking
place, which requires similar historical analysis used in our
· Paper demonstrates originality or creativity A
student will receive a grade equivalent to how many of the above five
(i.e. 5, V) categories the student satisfies for the paper (on
a 100 point scale). 1
2 =65
3 =75
4 =85
5 =95Note:
This scoring system is not set in stone. If you have a very well
written paper that is a fully fleshed out historical analysis, but full
of grammatical errors, you are not guaranteed full points.

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