Analysis of a Text
· (4-5 pages)
· (1 or 2 quotes from the given article in each body paragraph; you may use 1 outside quote)
· Your paper must be at least 5 double-spaced typed pages in length, not including your Works Cited page
· You must cite all sources properly using MLA Style for in-text citation and Works Cited page
Write an analysis of one of our course texts from the first unit. Consider the following questions in your analysis:
· What is the rhetorical context? Consider the author, audience, topic, and purpose of the article.
· What conventions are present in the text? Consider the structure, language, and use of references/sources in the article.
Once you have considered the rhetorical features of the text, think about the choices the writer made when they wrote it. Why did they write the article in the way they did? How do the text’s rhetorical features work together? How effective are the strategies the author used, given the intended audience? Would this text have been more effective if it had been presented in a different genre or published in a different venue? Use these questions to come to a main point you will persuasively explain in your paper.
Things to keep in mind as you write this paper:
· You must treat the text fairly and thoroughly. If you are not properly summarizing the course text as you present your analysis, your reader will be confused or unable to follow your analysis.
· Your analysis should have a main point, or thesis, about the text. Yes, you may discuss your thoughts on all of the questions listed above, but you should do so in such a way that the analysis is coherent and logical.
· You should avoid stating an opinion about the topic. Instead, focus on analyzing and evaluating the text itself.
· Assume that your reader is a literate, college-educated person. Also assume that they are unfamiliar with your chosen text and argument. It is your responsibility to ensure that your paper explains the topic and the rhetorical features of the text in clear, well-written prose.
I would also strongly encourage you, as a non-expert in these topics, to state your concerns about any of our articles with care. That is, an argument that Elijah Anderson is completely wrong in “The White Space” is not a strong one because Anderson’s peers have judged him to be an excellent scholar and writer. There may be flaws in his argument, but it would be very difficult to argue that the entire thing is “wrong” or “incorrect.” Many first year writing students have found it helpful to use templates such as these to formulate their main point, or thesis, for this paper where X = the author of the article:
· X makes a strong argument that _____________, but the argument would have been more ____________ if they had also considered _________________.
· X may be correct in their argument that __________________, and yet I am concerned about the implications of this argument for the following reasons: ___________ and ________________.
· I agree with X up to a point, but I cannot agree with their conclusion that _________________.
· X’s argument focuses on an important topic, especially for (group of people/field of study) because ________________. Additional research should be done in this field to find out ______________ and ______________.
· I believe that X’s argument is strong and could be applied well to other settings such as ____________. By doing so we might learn _______________.
· I find X’s argument of limited value because they did not consider ________________, which would have made their argument more complex and ____________________.
These suggestions are only a few of many possible arguments you could construct; please do not limit yourself only to these suggestions.
We will review how to cite articles using MLA Style in your paper, and you must apply those principles correctly both using in-text citations and a Works Cited page. No additional research is required for this paper, but if you present some additional information or ideas, you may do so as long as it is cited correctly.
Writing an analysis of a single text is a common assignment you may see again in your studies at Temple University. The audience for this sort of paper is an academic audience, such as your classmates or professors, and the purpose is to demonstrate that you understand and are writing well about other scholars’ complex ideas.