Walter L. Dutton, GEW 101
In GEW, we emphasize learning thinking logically and learning use of the rhetoric tools
used in analytical writing.
refers to reasoning. We concentrate on the general
principles which govern how people articulate and defend claims. You will need to
analyze the issues, ideas, or problems engaged by writers making meaning. Learn how to
recognize how writers use certain techniques to teach, persuade, argue, or to reveal
insights. These techniques include style, tone, voice, the structure of the argument, and
the way assumptions about the nature of the subject are revealed. This works for non-
fiction and fiction.
Analysis is (1) breaking a text into its many parts and (2) in your writing, studying the
meaning of and the relationships of those parts.
While you may have learned this before, consider
of these points when reading a text:
What does the author want me to learn?
Where is the learning revealed best within the course of the text?
What is the author's purpose?
What are the claims being made?
Does the author make assumptions about the subject?
What evidence does the author cite to support a claim?
What are the author's underlying values?
Are these values important?
Do you agree with the author's claims? Are you convinced?
What quotable lines stand out?
Are there general ideas in common in the text?
Which quotes would you use to (1) analyze the author's claims and (2) to support
your argued thesis?
What events or scenes are more memorable than others?
Is there an event, scene, or sentence with unusual impact?
Is there something that illustrates an important issue or theme?
Study how writers articulate and defend claims, how they state theses and cite evidence.
Writers make rhetorical choices that have implications for how readers view them and the
how to make these choices
is an important element to becoming a good
writer. Writers of some fiction create their characters, plot, dialogue, and use certain
writing devices for the purpose of teaching.
Forms of writing are many. Fiction refers to stories that comprise stories, plots, characters
and places that are not real. Orwell's Such, Such Were the Joys
and West of Jesus
works of nonfiction. Joys
is a personal essay by Orwell was renown for his
persuasiveness, clarity, frankness and directness. West of Jesus
is a memoir (a personal
story about events in Kotler's life) and the motivation for writing it was Kotler's battle