An exercise in evaluating argument writing.

Read this article, and then several of the comments. Write three pages of response to your reading experience. Now answer the following questions:
 
1) What was the author’s main point?
 
2) Did the author succeed in convincing you of that point?
 
3) What is your reaction to the above article?
 
4) What did the author, Matt Walsh, do in his piece that contributed to your above reaction?
 
5) Are you likely to see the movie after reading this review?
 
Now read this review. Write three pages of response to your reading experience. Now answer the following questions:
 
1) What was the author’s main point?
 
2) Did the author succeed in convincing you of that point? 
 
3) What is your reaction to the above article?
 
4) How is it different than your reaction to the preview review?
 
5) Did this review change your mind about the movie?
 
Now answer some questions about both articles:
 
1) What do you know about each author, based solely on the reviews and comments you read?
 
2) How does what you know about the author influence your opinion of the article? Of the movie?
 
3) Did you learn anything about movie reviews? About Noah? About arguments and logic?
 
Now tell the class:
 
1) Which review was right (if either) and why.
 
2) Whether you are likely to watch the movie.
 
3) How one (or both) of the authors could have argued or written differently that might have persuaded you of their points.
 
For further study:
Read this review, or find yet another review of Noah. Write a comparison of the three reviews.
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