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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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five analytical moves
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.
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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?
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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.
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“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:
    • Observations about the “1”
    • Interpretations about the “1”
    • Ask yourself: what patterns, repetitions, etc. do I notice?
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“10” on “1” (cont.)
  • Why “10 on 1” works:
    • “10 on 1” allows you to be more specific.
    • “10 on 1” helps you discover the complexity of the subject you are dealing with.
    • “10 on 1” deters you from making generalizations and only following your first claim about the subject