1. What is the goal of the author? 2. Do you agree or disagree with the author’s argument? Why or why not?
3. Would you add anything to her analysis? First person is fine Is the paper clearly written, well organized and does it offer the reader a logical, easily followed development of ideas? Has the paper been carefully proof-read, corrected and free of mechanical errors (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)? Does the introduction give the reader an idea what to expect by describing the scope, focus and intent of the paper? Does the paper have a succinct conclusion that focuses the reader’s attention on the main ideas?
Is the research base and use of scholarly resources sufficient to support the task undertaken? Is the thesis of the paper clear and developed in sufficient depth that the conclusions drawn seem warranted? In other words, is there a clear, persuasive argument being made that reflects both the complexity of the subject and alternative points of view? Is the documentation appropriate and the style of notes and bibliography correct and complete?