Write your questions about this draft on the back of this
As you read the draft, you should assume the role of the
target audience and keep in mind the specific values, interests, and
concerns of that audience. Remember to follow the protocol established
in earlier workshops… Read through your partner's paper first without
making any comments. Just look at ideas and get a general understanding
of their essay. Then, read through it again addressing the following
questions. Write comments on the draft or on a separate sheet of paper.
Remember to be specific, honest, and thoughtful.
Please add any questions you would like your partner to consider in
addition to the questions asked in the workshop.
Briefly state the writer's claim. Is it clear, narrow and debatable?
Is it clearest from the beginning of the text and/or is it placed
accordingly in terms of the publication's style? (e.g. an editorial
may have the claim clearest at the end of the text)
How well does the writer demonstrate understanding of his/her audience?
identify locations where the writer shows awareness of the audience's
existing awareness of or knowledge on the issue
identify specific locations where the writer addresses the audience's
predispositions or existing beliefs and answers (or “deals with”)
them, pushing the audience to new understanding rather than attacking
or mirroring their current beliefs
note any recommendations you have for making audience awareness sharper/better
in this argument
What reasons does the writer provide to support the overall claim?
To what extent do those reasons correlate with the audience's beliefs,
values, needs or expectations? Explain. Which reasons are less effective?
What evidence does the writer give to support their claims and reasons?
Which pieces of evidence are going to be most convincing or compelling
for the audience? Which are less convincing? Why?
Connection with the audience is of the utmost importance in this argument.
Where has the writer effectively used appeals to logic, emotion and
values (ethics)? Where could the writer use more appeals or revise
How well does the writer respond to or address the objections that
the audience is most likely raise based on their values and beliefs?
Where does the writer fail to address an opposing argument you think
How effectively has the writer incorporated visual elements to augment
the argument? Where is the use of a visual element most effective?
Least effective? To what extent are the visual elements consistent
with the publication the writer has chosen?
Overall, how appropriate do you feel the writer's choice of public
context is for h/er argument? Why?