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Analytical Essays. An analytical paper breaks down an issue or idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. Analytical Essay. Introductions.

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    1. Analytical Essays

    2. An analytical paper breaks down an issue or idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. Analytical Essay

    3. Introductions

    4. An introduction should give the reader an idea about what your paper will discuss. • It should grab the reader’s interest • It should have a thesis statement or a guiding principle

    5. Begin with a sentence that grabs the reader’s attention • Name the author and the text you will be discussing in your essay • Give enough background information that the reader is not confused when she begins reading the body of the paper • Write your thesis statement/guiding principle Introductions

    6. A thesis statement is the main idea or central message of your paper. • Your thesis statement should be the last sentence of your first paragraph Thesis Statements

    7. You do not have to give specific points in your thesis statement. It can simply state a direction your paper will take. More on Thesis Statements

    8. When writing analytically, it is important to address a problem and stay away from polarizing thought. • Instead, look for “gray” area • Write from a viewpoint that has not yet been addressed

    9. A guiding principle is a statement that steers your paper in a particular direction but leaves room for differing view points. It can have multiple perspectives. Guiding Principles

    10. Writing the Paper

    11. Primary aim of writing analytically is to understand a problem and the evidence supplied about the problem. • Focuses on the topic

    12. Break down the issue into its different parts • Provide insight about the issue/problem/book being discussed • To provide valid inferences or interpretations Goal of Analytical Writing

    13. Support and prove your thesis statement/guiding principle • In-depth analysis and interpretations • Avoid too much summary; give just enough information so the reader knows what you are talking about • Information needs to be arranged in a logical order Body Paragraphs

    14. You need to use quotes form the text to back up your points • The quotes need to be embedded into text you have written. • You need to cite the page number in the following format: • Krakauer states that it is difficult to grasp “the grip wilderness has on the American imagination” (343). Using Text Evidence

    15. Conclusions

    16. Restatement of thesis or main points • An explanation that states why this text is important—what you have learned from reading, studying, and writing about this selection. • End with a memorable final statement that clearly expresses the importance of the subject you are writing about Conclusions