Date Assigned: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Due Date: Monday, April 7, 2021 by 11:59 to Blackboard
LENGTH: 5-6 typed double-spaced pages. No short papers will be accepted.
FORMATTING: MLA formatting is required with a standard heading on the first page as well
as standard pagination all through.
DOCUMENTATION: Our class uses only MLA style documentation. Every college paper has
both in-text citations and a works cited page.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: No plagiarism of any form will be accepted. Create your own
OUTSIDE SOURCES: Students must use three sources from the PGCC library database and
can use 1-2 more additional sources from the web that pass the CRAAP to support claims that
you make in your evaluation argument. These may include:
Articles from the college’s databases, such as CQ Researcher, ProQuest, Film Journals,
Psychology Journals, Statista, or Opposing Viewpoints
eBooks from the college catalog
Excerpt from Everything’s an Argument:
“Issues of evaluation crop up everywhere—in the judgments you make about public figures or
policies; in the choices you make about instructors and courses; in the recommendations you
offer about books, films, or television programs; in the preferences you exercise in choosing
products, activities, or charities.
Evaluations typically use terms or images that indicate value or rank—good/bad,
effective/ineffective, best/worst, competent/incompetent, successful/unsuccessful.”
When you make an argument of evaluation, you rate, judge, or assess the item being evaluated
using a set of criteria or standards. In other words, to make the argument that US or Hereditary
are destined to be classic and socially conscious horror films that also influence viewers societal
values- I need to identify the features that distinguish a great and socially conscious horror film
from an average one. After defining those criteria, I need to support my argument by
demonstrating how US or Hereditary meets the stipulated criteria.
For the assignment, you will write an evaluation of a movie or a television show that
represents a social, cultural, or political issue in American society. The strongest evaluations
will include precise claims, reasons, warrants, evidence, counterarguments, and rebuttals.
Organizing and Drafting Your Essay:
Establish your criteria early on and list the possibilities and then pare them down to the essential
qualities. Much like the process that you already implement concerning targeted A, B, and C
criteria which are the themes of your body paragraphs.
If you propose vague, dull, or unsupportable principles, expect to be challenged. You are most
likely to be vague about your beliefs when you have not thought, read, or experienced enough
about your subject. Push yourself at least as far as you imagine readers will. Anticipate readers
looking over your shoulder, asking difficult questions.
• With evaluation, your standards should make sense on their own merits and apply across
the board. If you tailor your criteria to get the outcome you want, you are engaging in
• Raise your evaluations to a higher level so that you present a coherent argument and not
just a list of random observations.
• Your evaluation will likely include elements such as the following:
o an evaluative claim that makes a judgment about the movie or television show
and its effectiveness with conveying a social, cultural, or political issue
o the criterion or criteria by which you will measure your subject
o an explanation or justification of the criteria
o evidence that the particular subject meets or falls short of the stated criteria
o consideration of alternative views and counterarguments
• All these elements may be present in arguments of evaluation, but they will not follow a
specific order. In addition, you will often need an opening paragraph to explain what you
are evaluating and why. Follow the Toulmin Scheme and the general format for
introductory paragraphs that has been implemented all semester. Tell readers why they
should care about your subject and take your opinion seriously.