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LIT_Five Analytical Moves

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Five Analytical Moves Move 1: Suspend Judgment Judgments are revealing about the person doing the judging Trace impressions back to causes Lead with the word “interesting” Move 2: Define Significant Parts and How They’re Related “When you analyze a subject, you ask not just what it is made of, but also how the parts contribute to the meaning of the subject as a whole” Move 3: The Method Repetitions Strands Binaries/Organizing Contrasts Anomalies “Think of this method of analysis as a form of mental doodling” Move 4: Make the Implicit Explicit Not “hidden” meanings, but “implied” meanings Observation (description) – Implications – Conclusions (So what?) Move 5: Keep Reformulating Questions and Explanations “Learning to write well is largely a matter of learning how to frame questions.”
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Unformatted text preview: Not “What do I think?” but “What does it say?” Useful sets of questions: Which details seem significant? Why? What does the detail mean? What else might it mean? (Define Significant Parts; Make the Implicit Explicit) How do the details fit together? What do they have in common? What does this pattern of details mean? What else might this same pattern of details mean? How else could it be explained? (Look for Patterns of Repetition and Contrast) What details don’t seem to fit? How might they be connected with other details to form a different pattern? What does this new pattern mean? How might it cause me to read the meaning of individual texts differently? (Look for Anomalies; Reformulate Questions)...
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