A Quick Critique Format

Critiques are common assignments in many courses—especially in fields where someone has written an article in an academic journal and you (the student) are being asked to understand whether the article "works" and how it works. That means that pretty much every curriculum (nursing, early childhood education, English literature, chemistry, and business, to name a few) will be assigning critiques.

A format such as this one is not absolute—there will be times when you decide to do things in other ways—but this is a good beginning point.

  1. Introduction, including your own thesis about the article you are discussing. Do not leave your readers in the dark. Give the full name of the item (and please give the title in correct format) as well as the full name of the author.
  2. A quick summary of the article you are discussing.
  3. A very quick (probably just a couple of sentences) discussion of the criteria you will be using.
  4. Your analysis of the piece. This should be the bulk of your paper, and yes we do expect you to have an opinion by this point. The "many factors and aspects but I cannot decide" approach won't work here.
  5. Your conclusion of the discussion. Don't just stop. Don't assume that presenting a lot of quotations will settle the matter. Did your thesis turn out to be correct? What can we learn from all this?

Here is a fuller discussion of critique writing. It was not produced for our college or for this assignment, but you can learn a lot from it.

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Revised 1/9/20 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: callen@ashland.edu.