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Does the presentation clearly state the writer’s goals? If not, how could the writer improve the presentation so that it does?

Does the presentation clearly state the writer’s claim? If not, how could the writer improve the presentation so that it does?

Evaluate the effectiveness of the writer’s reasons in support of the claim. Which reasons are believable and which are not believable? Why?

Does the writer use credible, professionally designed sources to illustrate support for the argument and reasons that support it? Which source or sources are the most valuable to (supportive of) the writer’s claim, goals, and reasons? Why?

What opposing viewpoint or viewpoints does the writer include?

Can you think of an opposing viewpoint or viewpoints that the writer should also include? (Remember that if readers have obvious opposing viewpoints, it is better for the writer to address them than to ignore them).

What rebuttal or rebuttals does the writer offer to the opposing viewpoint or viewpoints? Is the rebuttal or are the rebuttals effective? Why/why not? What can the writer do to improve the rebuttal or rebuttals?

Examine the way in which information from sources was integrated. Do the sources work to illustrate the claim? Is the writer in control of the sources, introducing them appropriately and integrating them smoothly into the presentation? (If not, make some suggestions.)