There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy



You are required to write a formal academic critique of the following text: There’s More to Life Than Being Happy by Emily Esfahani Smith (see the article below).

Refer to the “Writing Critiques” and “Critique Essay Structure” documents on iLearn to remind you of what a critique is.

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  • Length: 700-1000 words
  • Formatting guidelines: APA style (Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced, with normal margins. Make sure you include page headers and a title page, in addition to in-text citations and a reference list, all in correct APA format,)


Consider the following when reading the assigned text:

  • The elements of the rhetorical situation
  • Content (including support, rhetorical appeals, etc.)
  • Organization
  • Language
  • Style
  • Structure of formal academic cri$ques
    Jones effectively convinces his audience that —- through the
    use of statistics and surveys paired with emotional stories.
    Although Myers includes many convincing logical arguments
    through the use of historical facts, her readers may doubt her
    objectivity because of her sarcastic tone.
    Thompson uses personal stories and tells of his extensive
    research in the area to make his readers believe in his
    credibility. These appeals to ethos, combined with his friendly
    tone, creates an effective argument for —-.
    Roberts employs the rhetorical appeals of pathos and ethos
    effectively. However, his use of unsupported logical appeals
    causes his readers to doubt his claim that —- is supported by
    Mitchell’s attempt to convince the audience that —– is
    unsuccessful because of his insensitive word choice and
    angry tone.
    • A strong thesis statement is NOT…
    a simple statement of your topic
    a broad statement
    a statement of facts or statistics
    a summary of the author’s essay you are analyzing
    a statement of what you are going to do in the essay
    Examples of weak thesis statements:
    Abortion is a big issue in the United States à statement of fact
    The author claims abortion is a big issue in the United States à
    broad statement
    I’m going to examine how this author uses pathos, ethos, and logos
    to convince his audience. à announcing what you are going to
    The author uses pathos, ethos and logos. à statement of fact
    Body (Development)
    • a balanced discussion and evaluation of
    the strengths and/or weaknesses of the
    article (based on specific criteria- refer to
    the “Writing Critiques” document on iLearn)
    • supported by evidence from the text
    (quoted and paraphrased) and welldeveloped
    explanations of your points
    • summarize the main points of your critique
    • restate your overall opinion of the text (your
    thesis statement)
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