Writing Analytic Essays

Writing Analytic Essays - Walter L Dutton GEW 101 Handout...

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Walter L. Dutton, GEW 101 Handout Analytic Essays In GEW, we emphasize learning thinking logically and learning use of the rhetoric tools used in analytical writing. Logic 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 all 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 topic. Learning 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 are 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 1
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Walter L. Dutton, GEW 101 Handout against Lyme Disease. Bless Me, Ultima is a fictional work. When you write about a text you have read and studied, you need to keep in mind that a text is fiction or nonfiction. This makes a difference in the way in which you write about the text. I will elaborate on
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GEW 101 taught by Professor Dutton during the Spring '08 term at CSU San Marcos.

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