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English 110C.01. Day #3. Five Analytical Moves. The five analytical moves is a tool that aids in analysis. Analysis – examining a complex whole by breaking it down into its component parts. Why The Method works:

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### English 110C.01

Day #3

• The five analytical moves is a tool that aids in analysis.

• Analysis – examining a complex whole by breaking it down into its component parts.

• Why The Method works:

• It enables you to look for meaningful patterns that will help you determine what things are significant.

• This technique also incorporates making observations and close reading.

• Move #1: Suspend Judgment

• Suspending judgment is a precursor to analytical thinking.

• Rather than say “this essay was boring,” ask: what did I find most interesting about the essay?

• Avoid responding to the readings in like/dislike and agree/disagree evaluative modes.

• Ask: why did I have this particular reaction?

• Move #2: Define Significant Parts and How They’re Related

• Divide the subject into its main parts.

• Consider how the main parts are related.

• How they are related to each other.

• How they are related to the subject as a whole.

• Remember: all analytical writing pays attention to detail.

• Consider: how do the main parts contribute to the meaning of the subject as a whole?

• Move #3: Look for Patterns of Repetition and Contrast (The Method)

• The Method is a procedure that helps you know which details are significant.

• It is useful to think of The Method as preliminary outlining that prepares you to do analysis.

• Step #1: Locate exact repetitions

• List identical words or details and the number of times they appear in the text.

• Step #2: Locate repetitions of same/similar kinds of details/words (strands)

• Explain how the details/words are connected.

• Ask yourself: what do these details and/or words have in common?

• Step #3: Locate binary oppositions

• Q. What is a binary opposition?

• A. details and/or words that are part of an oppositional pair

• Examples:

• right/wrong

• empower/disempower

• rationality/irrationality

• Select the most important binaries

• Step #4: List and Rank

• Two most important exact repetitions

• Two most important strands

• Two most important binaries

• Step #5: Final Selection

• Choose one exact repetition, one strand, or one binary that you take to the most important.

• Explain why you chose what you did.

### Five Analytical Moves (cont.)

Why The Method works:

Performing The Method allows you to spend more time noticing significant details rather than trying to make meaning of what may be a difficult subject.

• Move #4: Make the Implicit Explicit

• Making the implicit (what is suggested but not directly stated) explicit (directly stated) is an interpretive move, not simply an observation.

• This move can be a difficult one if you are resistant to analysis and think in terms of “hidden meaning” or “reading between the lines.”

• Meaning is not “hidden;” rather, making meaning requires analytical thought.

• Move #5: Keep Reformulating Questions and Explanations

• The analytical process requires that you ask questions of your subject matter:

• Which details seem significant? Why?

• What does the detail mean?

• How do the details fit together?

• What details don’t seem to fit?

• How might the details that don’t fit be connected to a different pattern?

• Q. What is an anomaly?

• A. An anomaly is something that seems out of place or does not fit a pattern.

• Example:

• Why it works:

• Looking for anomalies can get you to consider other possible interpretations.

• It moves you away from limited ways of thinking.

• Q. What is the “1”?

• A. The “1” is a representative example or pattern taken from The Method procedure.

• Q. What are the “10”?

• A. The “10” are: