ESOL100 College Reading and Writing Skills
Be sure to begin with completing a CRAAP test on the source. Remember that in the CRAAP questionnaire, we examine the following:
Refer to the CRAAP questionnaire and think about all the questions and criteria that are relevant and make some notes. Then, look at your notes and decide what information you want to include in your assessment report paragraph. You must include two aspects in your paragraph. Be very specific and support your points by giving specific reasons and examples from the article or the website on which it appears. Use APA in-text citation where necessary.
Writing on the Evidence Provided (Assessing Evidence/Logos):
Take a look at the evidence (fact/statistic or otherwise) provided by the author in order to support a claim. You can find such evidence in the following paragraphs:
• Paragraph 1 (municipalities)
• Paragraph 3 (Journal of Applied Psychology)
• Paragraphs 4 -6 (anything suggested by Jennifer Dannals (a Dartmouth business professor)
• Paragraph 6 (other tech companies)
• Furthermore, the Elsesser provides additional claims which may or may not be supported be evidence. What do you think of those claims?
Find two arguments and take a lot at the evidence the author has provided. Paraphrase the argument and the evidence, then evaluate the evidence used in support of the argument. Do not copy and paste from the article – paraphrase when needed. Use APA in-text citation in order to let me know where your paraphrase came from.
Writing on the Emotional Appeals (Assessing Language/Pathos):
For this paragraph, you want to examine the author’s choice of words and language and the influence they have on the reader. This is a very professional article, but there are still examples of specific word choice which impact the reader. Be sure to focus on loaded language, personal stories and tone in this paragraph. Choose any two examples from the article and explain how they sway the article and the effect that they have on the reader. Furthermore, explain clearly whether these language choices have the author’s desired effect on the reader (are the words she has used effective in getting her message across?).
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