Critical Essay Topics
Critical essays are not that popular among teachers and professors, therefore, some students find it hard to understand how to write a critical essay. First, we would like to define what a critical essay is. When writing a critical essay one describes his/her attitude towards an article or any other text. He/she evaluates the work done by another writer and either accepts or rejects it. Either way a student must criticize the paper, which does not necessarily mean something negative. A student may agree with the thoughts of the author and this way describe why is it so; on the contrary, a student may disagree with the ideas of the author, but as well must strongly supply with the evidence on what the writer did wrong.
Usually, when assigning a critical essay to his/her students, a professor supplies with the readings to be criticized. It is not always clear for a student, what format to choose, to property write the critique. It is highly advisable to read a couple of examples of good critical essays to understand which structure to follow. While library does not seem to be a good place to find example essays, online search will be more helpful.
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- Children and violent videos.
- Adoption of children by gay couples.
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Critical reviews, both short (one page) and long (four pages), usually have a similar structure. Check your assignment instructions for formatting and structural specifications. Headings are usually optional for longer reviews and can be helpful for the reader.
Summarising and paraphrasing are essential skills for academic writing and in particular, the critical review. To summarise means to reduce a text to its main points and its most important ideas. The length of your summary for a critical review should only be about one quarter to one third of the whole critical review.
The best way to summarise is to:
- Scan the text. Look for information that can be deduced from the introduction, conclusion and the title and headings. What do these tell you about the main points of the article?
- Locate the topic sentences and highlight the main points as you read.
- Reread the text and make separate notes of the main points. Examples and evidence do not need to be included at this stage. Usually they are used selectively in your critique.
Paraphrasing means putting it into your own words. Paraphrasing offers an alternative to using direct quotations in your summary (and the critique) and can be an efficient way to integrate your summary notes.
The best way to paraphrase is to:
- Review your summary notes
- Rewrite them in your own words and in complete sentences
- Use reporting verbs and phrases (eg; The author describes…, Smith argues that …).
- If you include unique or specialist phrases from the text, use quotation marks.