Sample Outline for a Critique

  1. Introduction
    1. State the name of author and title of essay (i.e., Georg Knapp's The State Theory of Money)
    2. Give a brief summary of essay or argument
    3. Write your thesis statement--(i.e., Knapp's The State Theory of Money, originally seen as the work of a crackpot inflationist, redefined currency theory.)

  2. Body--supporting evidence
    1. Point One--(i.e., The crackpot inflationist from the source)
      1. Use quotes from the work which may indicate the work of a lunatic
      2. Explain why or how the quote demonstrates Point One
      3. Explain how and why this supports your thesis
    2. Point Two--(i.e., The crackpot inflationist from others)
      1. Use quotes from other economists stating Knapp is a crackpot
      2. Explain why or how the quotes demonstrates Point Two
      3. Explain how and why this supports your thesis
    3. Point Three--(i.e., currency theory redefined)
      1. Etc...

  3. Conclusion
    1. Restate your thesis
    2. Summarize your critique