Group Work: Start Offs for Evaluations

In pairs or groups I want you to look at, answer, and write down your answers to the following questions:

1. Was reading Action Comics #1 an informative comic book with regards to the origin and original purpose of Superman? Why? What made it or did not make it so?

2. Does the world really need superheroes, even if they are fictional? Why?

3. Is the story “Judgment Day” from Weird Fantasy #18 the kind of story kids and adults should read today? Why?

For each of the answers to these questions you not only need to come up with a YES or NO answer, but you then need to provide supporting evidence to back up your answer. You need to keep in mind and answer as part of your answer to the original question:

What is the criteria or reasons that informed and supported the answer I/We selected to the question?

You will also wish to cite examples to support your assertion/judgment/evaluation as well.

Evaluations – Wrapping Up Your Analysis

Introducing the Evaluation

First, let’s remind ourselves of what an Evaluation is supposed to do in relation to our paper as a whole:

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Now, let’s take a look at an example at work.

Evaluation Example

So, let’s look at how this plays out in your papers.

Consider taking that aspect of your thesis, the tail end (what I have above in green), and attempting to turn it into your criteria.

1. I started by turning the last section into a question:

Does reading Action Comics #1 better help us understand Superman’s roots as a warrior for social justice?

2. Answer the question:

Yes, he was.

3. Now explain and support my answer:

This is where the rest of my evaluation/judgment comes from as I give evidence to support my assertion with evidence, reflecting, on the text.

Practice Analysis Using Scott McCloud

For our group work today I want you to read an exert, copy provided digitally below, and focus on applying the parts you will need to do when examining your own comic books for your analysis essay: Summary and Analysis Parts

Group 1:


You are tasked with summarizing the entire reading. You should be able to tell us the main points of the reading, and I want you to provide us with TWO relevant quotations that you feel help illustrate the main points of the exert.

Group 2:


You are tasked with aiming to uncover what you feel is the author’s reasons and purpose for writing (and in this case also illustrating) this exert. Why did the author write (draw) this? What is the aim? I want you to provide us with ONE relevant quotation that you feel helps illustrate that purpose.

Group 3:

ANALYSIS PART 2 – Audience

Your task is to recount who you feel the author’s primary audience might be as well as who would feel an interest or desire to understand what it is that the author is offering to them. I want you to provide us with ONE relevant quotation that you feel helps illustrate or highlight that potential audience.

Group 4:

ANALYSIS PART 3 – The Message

In a sense your task ties the summary and the other analysis parts together by attempting to uncover exactly what it is that the author wishes to communicate to his audience. You should gather at least ONE relevant quotation that you feel is critical in communicating or bringing to light that message the author wishes to convey.

McCloud-Ch.1, Part 1



Apply what you have done here, using the guidance for ALL FOUR groups and apply it to constructing the SUMMARY (3 paragraphs) and ANALYSIS (3 paragraphs) in your own ESSAY 2

3) Reading and Response 3: “Judgment Day”

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at “Judgment Day”, a story originally published in Weird Fantasy #18 in March-April 1953 issue.

You will read “Judgment Day” from Weird Fantasy #18 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What did you think about the story when you began reading it?

  • What was your exact feeling about the story, reflecting on it, once you were finished readings it?

I am asking you to compare and contrast your views here.

Assignment is DUE Wednesday, June 27 by 5:00 PM via email or Moodle. It can also be turned in in-class.

Weird Fantasy #18 Judgment Day

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Further information and background about this particular issue and story HERE.