The Walking Dead, For this paper, you are going to examine a text and critically analyze it. Most modern English speakers assume that to be “critical” is to be negative, but that is not how it is being used here. Instead, in the academic world we use “cri

why would someone like this show? Introduction: For this paper, you are going to examine a text and critically analyze it. Most modern English speakers assume that to be “critical” is to be negative, but that is not how it is being used here. Instead, in the academic world we use “critical” in a way most similar to its origin: Proto-Indo-European Greek Latin Old English Modern English krei* kritēs criticus krei-tro critic To discriminate Judge Judge Solver of riddles Critic In this sense, a “critic” is one who judges the work, actions, or intent of another. You are going to engage in this for your paper. Method: You will choose a text to analyze. This text can be anything, from a song to a movie, or from a television show to a video game. You will need to narrow your focus to something manageable, Fundamentally, the critical essay is making a judgment. Is the text “good” or “bad”? But more than that, it is making judgments about aesthetics, the craftsmanship of the material, the success (or failure) of the text as a work, etc. Many critics focus on whether or not the text is aesthetically pleasing, letting others know whether or not they should bother with it. This is the role of the “film critic,” for example, who watches a movie and tells you what he or she thought of it. Based on what the critic says, you can then make a decision whether or not you want to bother seeing it. A negative critical review can have powerful consequences; the negative reaction to Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard, 2018) caused it to be the first box office bomb of the Star Wars franchise. There are many other criteria that go into making a good critical paper, and many ways to approach it. But at its core, the critical paper makes a claim about the value or worth of a text. Format: This paper will require the following format and style details: • Page length: 5-8 • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point • Spacing: Double spaced • Style and citation format: MLA or APA Assignment Sections: You will be breaking the assignment down into a few parts: • Choice of text (by Thursday, October 18th) 10 points • Judgment criteria (Established on your own, with guidance from me; assigned meeting during my office hours or via Google Hangouts/Skype) 20 points • Aesthetic/metaphysical guidelines (By Tuesday, October 23rd) 20 points • Rough draft (By Thursday, October 25th) 40 points • Final paper (October 28th) 120 points • Total Paper Value: 200 points! Rubric: Content: 50 points • Judgment criteria are clear, paper coherently explains critical position 50 points • Criteria are mostly clear and/or critical position is somewhat vague 40 points • Criteria unclear or unstated; or critical position not established 30 points • Criteria unclear/unstated and critical position not established 20 points • Incoherent and self-contradictory 10 points Structure: 50 points • Judgment criteria are clearly set forth in the first few paragraphs, paragraphs connect, text is thoroughly analyzed but not excessively 50 points summarized • Judgment criteria in the wrong place (too soon or too late) or 40 points insufficient analytical rigor • Structurally inaccurate (none of the above are correct) 30 points • Structure is non-existent, no clear attempt 20 points • Paper is incoherent or self-contradictory 10 points Format: 50 points • Formatting is correct 50 points • One or more formatting errors 25 points • Format is unreadable or otherwise interferes with comprehension 10 points Mechanics: 50 points • 1-3 minor mechanics errors 50 points • 4-6 minor errors or 1-3 major errors 40 points • More than seven (7) minor errors 30 points • More than 6 major errors 20 points • So many errors that I stop keeping count 10 points

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