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Structuring evaluation in writing

It is important to structure your evaluations clearly in an essay. Can you identify the three elements of evaluative writing mentioned below?

  • summarising
  • identifying a position
  • giving reasons for the position

Essay extract

[1] The first premise in Brown's argument can be summarised thus: archaeological evidence confirms the existence of Noah's Ark. [2] As evidence, Brown provides a list of so-called 'categories' including reports of the Ark's existence; reports of the Ark protruding from ice on Mt. Ararat and the reported existence of photographs showing the Ark protruding from ice.

[3] On closer analysis however, we can see that this premise is flawed. [4] If, for the sake of argument, we wanted to express Brown's 'categories' scientifically, we might say that person A saw something sticking out of the ice on Mt Ararat. [5] A explained the existence of this something by saying that it was Noah's Ark. This would be A's hypothesis. [6] Now the crux of the issue is did A test this hypothesis? Not according to Brown's account, hence A's belief does not constitute scientific evidence. [7] By this reasoning, none of Brown's categories offers scientific proof, and we can say that they certainly don't entail the existence of Noah's Ark.

In which sentences does the student:

Analysis information quiz
element sentence numbers
  1. summarise Brown's argument?
  1. indicate her own position in relation to this argument?
  1. give reasons for this position?
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