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Analyze, Evaluate and Respond

What is an Analysis?

An analysis evaluates what a piece of writing is trying to do. In order to do that, you will have to decide what the author is trying to say and who they are trying to persuade to agree with them. In addition, you will need to examine the social and cultural context and point in time when the piece of writing was produced. Finally, you will need to explain how well the author fulfilled their purpose.

What sort of an Analysis Essay are you being asked to write? Share in the comments about your essay assignment. What are the Basic Features of an Analysis:

Describes the organization of the essay
Tells the claim and subclaims
Explains the support
Analyzes the type, quantity, quality and relevance of the support Explains how the author shows they are an authority
Tells what audience is the author writing for
Explains how the author make their writing interesting and effective for this audience Tells what makes this essay effective or ineffective as an argument

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Analysis Essay Sample

Sample essay form (just to give you an idea of how to write)

The essay opens with XXXXX and makes the claim XXXX in paragraph XXX that XXXXX. The rest of essay is organized by XXXX (very brief description of outline of essay perhaps telling where description of problem is, where claims are and where support is located—which paragraphs).

The support includes XXXX The support is adequate/ inadequate and is relevant/ irrelevant to the author’s claim.

The author establishes his/her authority by XXXX. The author assumes an audience who XXXXX. He/She establishes common ground with the audience by XXXX.

This is an effective/ineffective argument because XXXXX.
Analysis Writing

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