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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

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:
• 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.
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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?
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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?
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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.
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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?
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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.

Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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.
Five Analytical Moves (cont.)
• 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?
The Method: Looking for Anomalies
• 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.
“10 on 1”
• 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: