MAPPING AN ANALYSIS. How to Communicate Your Interpretations A follow-up to the Understanding Analysis PPT. PREVIEW. From Thinking to Composing Creating Your Map Analysis Thesis: main claim Support: reasons and evidence Example A Note on Conclusions Activity 1, 2, 3, & 4 Conclusion.
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How to Communicate Your Interpretations
A follow-up to the Understanding Analysis PPT
Remember from the rhetorical situations PPT: communication requires three elements, the message, communicator, and audience. Coming up with an interesting or useful interpretation of a text means nothing if you can’t get that interpretation across to an audience.
One of my undergraduate professors called the process of communicating an interpretation “leaving breadcrumbs” for the audience. You start from your claim and then leave breadcrumbs for them to follow you all through your essay or presentation. That way, they don’t get lost, and they know how you got from one point to the next.
Analysis only works if you
The term mapping is just a metaphor for your analysis composition plan. Just like the map gives you a specific path to follow to get from one place to another, the composition map permits you to see all the directions for the journey of your ideas before you start churning out whole paragraphs. You have already learned how to organize thoughts and pick appropriate examples for your support in a description and reflection. The same organization principles for the intro, body, and conclusion hold, but the map for an analysis follows more of an argument-style approach to the outline where you make a claim and support it with reasons, which are basically minor claims.
An effective analysis map includes:
Point A & B
Where the audience will start and where they will end up. The thesis:
Note: Your interpretation for a space analysis can cover one or more of a few types of messages
How the audience gets from point A to B. Support covers:
hotel lobby from the understanding analysis PPT
Remember, you want to avoid obvious interpretations, such as, this lobby is meant to draw people in to stay at the hotel, so the owners make money. That’s obvious because it’s a money-making establishment. However, the type of space this is, a hotel, is relevant to your overall interpretation if you take it beyond the obvious. Also, avoid getting too detailed in your thesis or your intro. There will be plenty of time for the evidence later.
Major claim developed from analysis exploration:
Creating a Thesis:
Combine the literal and figurative, indicating to the audience what claims you will prove with details and evidence in the body.
Creating a Thesis:
By combining open seating and a plant wallscape, this hotel lobby creates an atmosphere geared more toward socializing than tourism (claim 1), which sends a message welcoming to cosmopolitan types (claim 2).
Here is where you will develop descriptions and explanations about the literal details and show how and why they connect to the major claim/thesis. In the following minor claims examples, each is broken into literal and figurative information, and each uses language to tie it back to the major claim.
Support for minor claims:
Here’s where all that description from P1 comes into play—developing clear pictures in your audiences’ minds for your support. You can also do things like create analogies to help them see the same associations you make, and you can use personal experience or anecdotes to develop your associations.
Support for minor claims (1):
Note: Even though the minor claim topic sentence doesn’t refer back to the cosmopolitan type, you can still tie it in your explanation here.
Support for minor claims (2):
Note again: Even though the minor claim topic sentence doesn’t refer back to encouraging lingering, you can still tie it in your explanation here.
what does it all mean?
In your interpretation for the minor points, you gave the what of the details and the how of the explanations, but what about the why? What’s the point of appealing to cosmopolitan types or trying to get them to stay? Well, your conclusion is a great place to develop that, and here, it’s okay if you make a commentary about the business purpose, as long as you make it meaningful.
Example: In an economy in recession, the concept of the self-sustaining hotel seems quite logical. Why go out when you can have fun staying in? Especially if you got a good deal on Priceline. But then, why travel at all, unless it’s for business? Maybe these types of over-extravagant hotels encourage an insular state of mind. Sure, the lobby is pretty but somehow generic. This could be anywhere, and it reflects nothing of a local culture, no reminders of what lies outside. Isn’t part of the fun in getting away from it all in getting away from the known?
That conclusion was just something to think about, and that’s exactly what your conclusions are for. Seeing this lobby, you might disagree with me because you interpret it differently. That’s the beauty of interpretation. If you don’t agree, then come up with your own and show me the way to another perspective.
Use “thesis reminders” to emphasize the structure of your essay (or reinforce the directions on your map) and repeat each phrase of the outline map as you introduce the paragraph(s) in which you expand and support each point that you want to make. NOTE: repetition doesn’t mean copying. Restate ideas in varied ways to avoid dull prose.
For this minimum 300-word response, answer the following questions. What is the purpose of Mathieu’s essay? What is she trying to prove through her analysis? How does she support her point? What example of fieldwork does she provide and why? What is scotosis, and how does it relate to what you are learning about the processes of analysis? Why does Mathieu want you to be aware of scotosis?
An important part of research like what P2 requires includes observation, and in order for observation to be effective, you need to take notes of what you see, hear, feel, smell, and touch in the space you are analyzing. Type the notes you collected while observing the space (if you took them by hand). There is no word limit, but your efforts should be respectable enough in length to show you take this assignment seriously.
For this Db post, break down the steps to practice creating an analysis thesis (example on Understanding Analysis PPT)
There is no word limit, but your efforts should be respectable enough in length to show you take this assignment seriously.
Post 1 comment to a peer’s Read this Space post. Do you agree with his or her interpretive claim about the space’s message? Did you notice different details or have a different interpretation yourself? Be sure to explain your response.
Email your instructor your working (meaning not finalized or revised yet) analysis thesis for the space you are interpreting. Remember, it should include the literal and the figurative main claim(s) you plan to prove.