ENG 122 Summative Assessment Part Two Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric
First Draft of Critical Analysis Essay
Overview: The ability to communicate a message through writing is essential in any career. Effective writing shapes and informs the opinions of its readers. The
writing process can be intimidating; however, the more you work with it, the more comfortable the process becomes.
Prompt: For this milestone, you will build on your writing plan from Module Three while incorporating your instructor’s feedback. Now that you have revised
your approach to writing your critical analysis essay in the Feedback and Revision Reflection assignment, be sure to incorporate your new ideas into this draft.
Use the prompt questions below to help develop your draft. You will pull out quotes and paraphrases from your selected reading and write summaries that you
will use to support your analysis.
When you are done responding to the prompts below, you will have the first draft of your critical analysis essay. In Module Six, you will complete a revision
activity to further improve this draft.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: The introduction of your essay is where readers will learn what your essay is about. They will also learn about the claim that you plan to
support in your essay. Introductions give readers a sample of what is to come. Don’t forget to review your writing plan to make sure you are briefly
covering all of the key points you identified. If your claim and key points have changed since the writing plan, that is okay! Seek feedback on your new
ideas from your instructor or the SNHU Online Writing Center.
A. Provide an overview of the selected reading you have analyzed, briefly describing main points and your reaction to the author’s claim.
B. State your evaluation of the author’s claim that you will support in your essay. This statement will give direction to your essay and should be
well thought out.
II. Body: The body of your essay is your opportunity to support your evaluation of the author’s argument. Make sure your thoughts and evidence are clear
and easy to read and understand.
A. Be sure to write paragraphs that are focused, clearly state their intent, and move logically from one to the other, building the analysis as the
B. Your body paragraphs should support your analysis by combining thoughts and ideas with evidence from the selected reading. There is no such
thing as a right or wrong evaluation; the keys are how your analysis is supported and the quality of the evidence used.
III. Conclusion: Think of the conclusion paragraph as a review of your analysis. Use this section to restate your evaluation and remind readers of your
supporting evidence. Think of this as your last chance to prove your point. You will also reflect upon your experiences with the writing process.
A. Write an overview of your analysis, summarize yo