Final Critical Analysis Paper

Instructions for Final Critical Analysis Paper
Worth: +100 points
Due: October 8th, 2020, 11:59pm
Uploaded to Canvas
We the Corporations
by Adam Wrinkler
Essay must be uploaded as a Microsoft Word 2010 document (or newer) or Rich Text file. No PDF formats
(Portable Document File), no Word Pad, no Google documents, no Web links, will be accepted, please!! Again,
your paper must be uploaded as a Word 2010 document or Rich Text file. Do not use the text window portion
of your email to send your final paper! Do not ask me to open your paper from the “cloud” or “cyberspace.” If
available, please take advantage of the Library Tutors, Writing Center, or OWL.
Minimum 1000 to Maximum 1200 words. On the first page heading you must include your name, word count
and submission date. Immediately below the date please identify your two selected themes for critical analysis.
Here is an example:
Student: Victor M. Chavez
Word Count: 1,104
Date Submitted: October xx, 2020
Two themes: I will critically review: 1. XXXX and 2.YYYY
Depending on the severity of the infraction, +5 to +10 points will be automatically deducted for papers not
reaching the established word count and/or late submissions. Point deductions are used to encourage early or
timely submission of this serious assignment.
Stay Alert
Once you upload your final paper, please ensure that the “paper icon” appears in Canvas indicating that you
successfully uploaded your paper. Moreover, make sure you do not upload a “blank” document or a rough draft
of your paper. Please appreciate that it is your responsibility to upload the appropriate final paper.
Note: Students who previously attempted this class must contact me immediately to discuss an alternate final
Expectations: All students will produce a university-level and academically sound typewritten critical analysis
on We the Corporations by Adam Wrinkler. Please appreciate that this semester I will not accept rough drafts.
If available, I strongly encourage everyone to visit the Library Tutor, Writing Center, or us OWL to polish your
Your overall objective is to master the major themes in We the Corporations and to critically review its thesis.
This will require a full reading of the article and some good old fashion “thinking.” Please appreciate that
this is not a research paper, hence, you do NOT need to consult or cite outside sources. However, I do expect
you to use carefully selected points from the article to demonstrate that you read it. Moreover, all
generalizations or assertions made by you must be supported by evidence from the article.
The physical aspect of this critique, and to measure your Student Learning Outcome, you must follow the
parameters below:
Grammar and Syntax

  1. Please follow MLA format: double-space, Times Roman, 12 font, 1 inch margins, 1000 to 1200 word count.
  2. Organization is imperative: introduction, body, and conclusion.
  3. Ensure transitional lines between paragraphs. Transitional lines/sentences are crucial to ensure continuity of
  4. At all costs, avoid or limit the “passive voice” and write in the “active voice.” (e.g.: limit the use of “is, are,
    was, were, should, could, would, have, had, has.”).
  5. Avoid first-person singular. Limit the use of “I” (e.g.: I really like this article… I think the author
    argues…in my opinion…etc. )
  6. Avoid the negative-voice. (e.g.: “I didn’t like this or that”)
  7. Avoid generalizations by providing specific evidence from the readings (don’t forget to cite it!)
  8. Use a thesaurus (or dictionary) to expand your vocabulary (e.g.: instead of “happy,” use “elated” or
  9. Please avoid rhetorical jargon and platitudes!
  10. Read Elements of Style by Strunk and White to improve any stylistic challenges.
  11. I will expect a professionally typewritten critique.
  12. All papers must indicate the word count and date of submission on the first page next to your name.
  13. All final papers must be uploaded to Canvas
    Grading Rubric
  14. Section I: +10 points:
    Provide an overall summary of the article including its major themes/points raised by author. This can be
    accomplished in less than one page. Again, your first page should be a summary of the article.
  15. Section II: +10 points:
    After you summarize the article, in one paragraph you must identify at least two themes/points made by the
    author which you plan to discuss/analyze. These themes must be located at the top of your paper. Again, after
    you summarize the article, in one single paragraph identify your two points for analysis. I am confident that
    after reading this article, you can comment, reflect, and or criticize at least two points made by Adam Wrinkler.
    Please do not repeat the points made by the author. You already summarized it in section I. What I need here is
    your unique perspective on what the author argues.
  16. Section III: +60 points:
    Once you summarize the article and identified your two themes in Sections I and II, then provide a critical
    analysis on your selected themes. Please appreciate that this section constitutes the most important part of your
    paper. Now, what constitutes a critical analysis? By this I do not mean whether you like or dislike the author’s
    objectives. By this I do not mean that you must retell the story again (remember, I already read the article and
    you already summarize the major themes!) You must discuss/reflect critically on your selected themes. In this
    process support your contentions with evidence from the reading. Your critique must be thoughtful and nicely
    organized. Remember that there are no right or wrong responses, but you will have to defend your contentions
    with your analysis and evidence from the reading. You may want to consider the below as you develop your
    a. Did the author succeed in developing the themes?
    b. Do you agree with the themes? If not, why not and provide evidence.
    c. What did you enjoy about the article or what did you dread?
    d. Would you recommend this article?
    Please appreciate that a critique is your opinion based on the evidence (emphasis on evidence!)
    Notes on Citations:
    This paper critique is NOT a research term paper. I do not want a paper full of long (block) quotations from the
    article or any other outside source. I most certainly do not want a string of footnotes or endnotes. The paper is
    an exercise in critical thinking based on your selected themes. If you consult professional sources then merely
    use them as a “guide” to your paper. Try to get some “idea” on how others have treated this theme. Think of the
    paper as an “op-ed’ (opposition to the editorial opinion or in this the author) piece in your local
    newspaper. Wrinkler makes an argument (his opinion) and your role is to identify it, evaluate it, and, of course
    criticize it! Obviously, to make your point/opinion you will need to quote certain sections from the article, but
    please limit them and cite them properly. Again, please do not rely on outside sources to develop your paper.
  17. Section IV: +10 points:
    Conclusion: properly summarize your critique. All papers must deliver a proper conclusion. Tie your critical
    analysis to the article and wrap it up!
  18. +10
    Grammar, syntax, organization of paper.
    Your paper at a glance:
  19. Article summary +10 pts
  20. Selected two themes +10 pts
  21. Criticism/analysis of selected themes with supporting evidence. +60 pts
  22. Conclusion +10 pts
  23. Organization/Grammar/Syntax +10 pts

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