Week 8: Midterm Agenda and Schedule of Conferences


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PDF Copy: Fall 2018 Midterm Schedule


Essay 2: Peer Review of our Analytical Essays


For this essay you want to look closely at the following:

  1. Is there strong thesis statement, one that clearly indicates that this is an analytical essay

  2. Is there a good summary? Can you clearly understand what the comic book in question was about?

  3. Is there a strong analysis? Is the analysis going deeper into understanding the comic book? Is it, and the summary, in balance (roughly 3 paragraphs each)?

  4. Does the summary and analysis sections have quotations from the text?

  5. Are any summaries properly cited?

  6. Is there, following the analysis, an evaluation or judgment of the comic book based on a spelled out criteria.

  7. Is there a separate works cited page and works cited entry for the comic book?

– Check also for grammar and other proofing errors as well.

– Provide any constructive feedback you may wish to impart.


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 Summary and Analysis

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.

Action Comics #9



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