Evaluation of the Sample Paper
The sample essay has both points of strengths and weaknesses. The first commendable thing about the essay is the grammar and sentence structure. Despite a few grammatical and syntax errors, overall the paper is quite good
One of the most important parts of any argumentative essay r is the thesis statement . This is an aspect that the author has captured quite brilliantly. The thesis statement is usually written as the last sentence of the introduction part of any essay. The writer of this sample essay has done just that. By clearly outlining the thesis statement, the author has set the pace and foundation in which the entire essay is based.
Another thing that the author of the essay has done quite well on the explanation of topic sentences. Each of the paragraphs of the essay is preceded by topic sentences. This sentence acts as the premise of the entire paragraph in which the author justifies the claim made in the topic sentence which itself is a justification of the overall thesis if the essay.
There are however some weak points of the essay whereby the author has not done particularly well. First, there appears to be much irrelevant information that is somehow unrelated to the topic in some of the paragraphs. For instance, the author has spent much time discussing the history of Haitian revolutionary, Toussaint Louverture, without telling much about this contribution to the overall Haitian revolution. In addition, some of the topic sentences do not in any way support the author’s idea that the French revolution was more consequential to the formation of democracy than the Haitian Revolution. A writer should try sticking as much as possible to related content and avoid the use of any irrelevant content.
This should have received a grade B. This means that the paper was quite satisfactory but has great room for improvement. One of the improvements that could have been as shown regards the use of sources. In addition, the awarding of this grade is also justified by the language used. Although the grammar is quite commendable, the author has primarily used basic language, and there is limited use of scholarly terms. Another aspect of the paper that justifies the awarding of this grade is the overall sentence and idea flow that is done quite well. The topic is very wide, and the author should have used more resources support his essay. However, the grade B is appropriate because the author comprehensively used the sources that he cited, that is, the sources used were all relevant to the topic
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