Introduction, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion
The topic is one that can be identified as a proper noun (rather than a common noun). You
won’t, in other words, evaluate ‘movies,’ but instead evaluate one particular movie; similarly,
you won’t review ‘restaurants,’ but rather you will review one particular one.
The writer must establish a clearly defined set of standards, criteria, or expectations to measure
the quality or effectiveness of that topic.
The thesis should not be one that suggests “fence-sitting.” It should be a clear-cut assertion
about the topic after having applied the standards/criteria/expectations to it.
That is not to say, however, that you cannot offer both good and bad points; it is to say, though,
that your overall evaluation or review should be positive or negative.
Body paragraphs should correspond to the standards/criteria/expectations you established.
There should never be an attempt to be ‘all inclusive.’
Supporting details within the body paragraphs must be specific, detailed, and concrete, with the
writer pointing out clearly how those supporting details are valuable and valid.
Tone is an important consideration…that is, your attitude towards your topic must be apparent
through your word choice, just as surely as it is apparent through your content.