What Is A Critical EssaySeptember 22, 2014 - Posted to Writing tips
Often a student may be required to analyze literature. This is aimed at cultivating analytical skills in the learner. To achieve this, the learner is asked to write a critical essay. Unlike in review writing or in book reports, a critical essay requires that the student creates a sound argument based on the literature being reviewed. In so doing, the learner adds his or her opinion and thoughts to the important issues in a book. Critical writing can either be in the form of a critical thinking essay or critical analysis essays.
A Critical Analysis Essay
In critical analysis essays, the writer gives an in-depth argument. The argument could be about a book, movie or essay among other things. The target of this paper is to ascertain the argument put forward by the writer, explain this argument and then formulate and explain his or her personal argument based on the writer’s argument. The paper that the student produces in this case lacks or contains very little summary of the works being discussed. The person writing the essay explains why he or she finds the author’s argument compelling or otherwise. In writing a critical analysis essay one makes the following considerations:
• Theoretical issues such as the background of the authors understanding of the issues
• Definitional issues such as clarity of the concepts in the text and the definitions that the author gives
• Evidence issues which include supporting evidence given by the essayist to back his or her argument
• Policy relevance issues that describe the implication that the author’s argument holds
The structure of the part includes the following sections
• An introduction-identifies the work being analyzed, the working thesis and a preview of the writer’s arguments.
• A brief work summary- it only contains info that is of relevance to the reader
• The arguments- this is a presentation of the arguments and supporting evidence
Critical Thinking Essays
Writing a critical thinking essay is in many ways akin to writing a critical analysis essay. The only difference is that in critical thinking essays, more emphasis is put on the writer’s argument. The essay’s success is thus based on the student’s ability to develop a thoughtful argument that is coherent. This means that one may not have to go into much details explaining the argument that the author proposes.
The process of creating a critical thinking essay is pretty much straightforward. It involves the following steps:
• Picking a topic - In doing this, it is expected that one reads the text to be reviewed, outlines the main points addressed and then builds one strong argument based on the general idea gathered. This argument then helps in the creation of the topic for your essay.
• Developing the thesis - This is the central argument upon which all your writing will be aimed at supporting. The thesis ought to be specific to the topic of your writing.
• Outlining and drafting the paper-using the ideas generated from the text being analyzed, one should then derive points to support the thesis. Use evidence that is most compelling and refrain from using emotional ploys and tangential points. After so doing, plan how the ideas will be placed in the essay by creating a draft.
• Work out a concluding paragraph-this is an important segment in your writing. It should cleverly and diligently wrap up everything that you discussed in your writing. It additionally recommends further research on the issues addressed. One could also use the concluding paragraph to point out any unresolved issues that may have been presented.
Important to remember
When writing critical essays, you may have to make several citations. Use the citation method that your instructor or professor prefers. Also, it is prudent to use the formatting styles that are advised by your instructor.