John T. Rine
Interpretive Paper Assignment
“Drug Use and American Youth”: a Critique
The purpose of this paper is to present a critique, including an academic grade, of the paper “Drug Use and American Youth” based upon the criteria for quality academic writing.
The paper’s thesis, the last sentence in this case, presents a summary of the author’s claims very well. Also, because thesis is the last sentence, the remainder of the work develops it rather then it being presented at the beginning of the work without any development.
The paper flows well; it transitions well between its parts. So much so, that this critic had to re-read the paper in order to identify its parts.
Regarding the construction of paragraphs, each one a topic sentence that summarizes the content of it very well. Each of the paper’s paragraphs develops a topic and doesn’t stray from it.
This critic found the paper’s depth of argumentation to be good. The author presented no less than 9 citations used to support his claims. The 9 citations used were directly relevant to a claim being made. The claims he presents are easily understood. However, the author presents only one citation used as a counter argument. This critic believes that since the subject of the paper under review is a hotly debated topic, the author could have included more counter argument material.
This critic didn’t detect any grievous mechanical or grammatical errors. Further, this critic didn’t observe any less severe grammatical errors. The subject of grammar and sentence mechanics isn’t however, this critic’s forte.
No bibliography was attached to the paper under review. It is however assumed, by this critic, that since the work under review was of such high quality in the area of research, a bibliography did in fact exist, but was omitted by accident. This critic therefore, gives the paper the benefit of the doubt, and will not consider this subject has part of the grade...