Critical Review


Critical Review
You are going to write a critical review on Poor Kids.
Critical Review Assignment
A Critique is an analysis and evaluation of an argument, essay or report. For our purposes, you are reviewing a Poor Kids, or Prison State (Locked up in America), or one of the covered readings in our texts (“21st Century Slaves”). Its purpose is to determine the following (use these to help you):
• the author’s thesis, methods of development, and conclusion
• how the thesis is supported, developed, and documented
• the assumptions & premises that underlie the argument
• the limits to the methods and results/conclusions
• the author’s bias or slant and its impact, if any
• implications which can be drawn from this analysis
Format: The critique is usually 3 – 4 typed pages using an appropriate documentation format (MLA, APA, etc)
Outline & Development: the critique should include the following:
Introduction: to provide the title of the article, the source and date of publication, the author’s name & credentials, and sufficient background information for a general reader to understand the context of the critique.
Abstract or Summary: a short summary of the main points of the article, including the author’s purpose, the methods of support, and the conclusions. In describing the methods of support, identify how the author develops the thesis, and what evidence, examples, statistics, etc are used to arrive at the conclusion. State clearly both the author’s purpose and conclusion (quote them if necessary). The abstract is an objective summary, so keep your criticism and opinion out of it.
Analysis & Evaluation: to explain the author’s argument and evaluate the methodology, logic and conclusions ~ consider these questions as well as those explained in the Comparative Review analysis section:
• Are the methods of support appropriate and relevant?
• Is the evidence verifiable, documented, and specific?
• Is the logic sound? Are there any logical fallacies?
• Are there any unsupported assumptions or generalizations?
• Does the author consider opposing viewpoints fairly?
• Does the author have a bias that influences the argument?
• Are there any unanswered questions or undeveloped ideas?
Conclusion: consider what the article offers to its field of study. What is its specific contribution? What is its most significant point? How does it relate to other research on the subject? How does it contribute and correlate to your own knowledge and research on the subject? What are the limits of this article’s findings? What are the implications for further research?