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Writing an analytical essay. A LITTLE MORE TECHNICAL… A LOT MORE INTERESTING ( PARALLEL STRUCTURES). ANALYTICAL = ANALYZE. THE PURPOSE OF AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY IS TO ANALYZE . TO ANALYZE IS TO: to separate into parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of a work

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    1. Writing an analytical essay A LITTLE MORE TECHNICAL… A LOT MORE INTERESTING (PARALLEL STRUCTURES)

    2. ANALYTICAL = ANALYZE THE PURPOSE OF AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY IS TO ANALYZE. TO ANALYZE IS TO: • to separateinto parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of a work • to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of • to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify key factors

    3. An analytical essay: • IS A FORM OF EXPOSITORY WRITING MEANT TO ANALYZE • EXPLORES AN ISSUE OR PRESENTS AN OPINION THAT IS BASED ON FACT OR SUPPORTED BY TEXT EVIDENCE • IS AN ANALYSIS OF ANOTHER PIECE OF WRITING, A FILM, AN ISSUE, OR AN IDEA • INCLUDES A THESIS STATEMENT THAT ANSWERS THE PROMPT AND MUST BE PROVEN IN YOUR ESSAY.

    4. WHAT AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY IS NOT • IT IS NOT A SUMMARY OR A RETELLING OF A STORY • IT IS NOT AN EXPLANATION OF WHAT A POEM OR WORK MEANS TO YOU • IT DOES NOT INCLUDE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, OPINIONS OR TESTIMONIES TO SUPPORT THE THESIS. ALL SUPPORT IS FACTUAL OR IS TEXT EVIDENCE.

    5. WHAT DO ANALYTICAL ESSAYS ASK YOU TO DO? OFTENTIMES, ANALYTICAL ESSAY PROMPTS WILL ASK YOU TO USE TEXT EVIDENCE TO DO THE FOLLOWING: • COMPARE AND CONTRAST ELEMENTS IN A PIECE OF LITERATURE • INTERPRET A PORTION OF A SELECTION • EVALUATE A PIECE OF LITERATURE • ANALYZE AN AUTHOR’S VIEW ON A SUBJECT • ANALYZE AUTHOR’S PURPOSE • ANALYZE AUTHOR’S CRAFT OR STYLISTIC ELEMENTS AND THEIR EFFECTS • ANALYZE THE AUTHOR’S USE OF RHETORICAL DEVICES TO ACHIEVE THEIR PURPOSE • ANALYZE AUTHOR’S TONE AND DICTION

    6. REMEMBER THE Ape STRATEGY • THE APeE STRATEGY THAT WE USE FOR OPEN-ENDED RESPONSE QUESTIONS CAN BE APPLIED WHEN STRUCTURING THE PARAGRAPHS OF YOUR ANALYTICAL ESSAY. • ASSERTION – CONNECTS THE PROOF TO THE THESIS STATEMENT AND PROVIDES A TOPIC SENTENCE FOR YOUR BODY PARAGRAPH. • PROOF – TEXT EVIDENCE USED TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS (QUOTES) • EXPLAIN – EXPLAIN HOW THE QUOTES/EVIDENCE SUPPORTS YOUR THESIS • ELABORATE – PROVIDE AN ANALYSIS THAT BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER

    7. STRUCTURE OF AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY • INTRODUCTION – • HOOK –ENGAGES THE READER • TRANSITION-MOVES INTO YOUR ASSERTION OR THESIS STATEMENT (NARROWS DOWN) • TAG LINE – INTRODUCES THE LITERATURE YOU PLAN TO ANALYZE (TITLE, AUTHOR, AND GENRE) • (ASSERTION= YOUR ANSWER TO THE PROMPT) INCLUDES YOUR THESIS STATEMENT AT THE END OF THE PARAGRAPH. BE SURE YOUR THESIS ANSWERS THE PROMPT. • PROOF #1 – (APeE) INCLUDES YOUR FIRST EXAMPLE OF TEXT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS. BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR TEXT EVIDENCE IN QUOTATION MARKS AND EXPLAIN HOW THIS EXAMPLE AND YOUR ANALYSIS OF IT HELPS TO PROVE YOUR THESIS. • PROOF #2 –(APeE) THIS INCLUDES YOUR SECOND EXAMPLE OF TEXT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS. BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR TEXT EVIDENCE IN QUOTATION MARKS AND EXPLAIN HOW YOUR ANALYSIS OF IT HELPS TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS. STRENGTHEN YOUR ARGUMENT. • CONCLUSION – (So what?) THIS IS THE “SO WHAT?” SECTION OF YOUR ESSAY. DON’T RESTATE WHAT YOU’VE ALREADY SAID, BUT LEAVE THE READER WITH A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING. USE WHAT YOU’VE STATED IN YOUR THESIS IN A MORE UNIVERSAL CONTEXT (THE BIG PICTURE).

    8. TIPS FOR ANALYTICAL WRITING • USE FACTS AND TEXT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS. • PLACE YOUR TEXT EVIDENCE IN QUOTATION MARKS. • PROVIDE LINE NUMBERS WHEN ANALYZING POETRY. • WRITE WITH AUTHORITY. • AVOID PERSONAL PRONOUNS. • PROVIDE A THOROUGH ANALYSIS AND EXPLANATION. • BE SURE TO HAVE A CLEAR, SPECIFIC THESIS AND PROVE IT.