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Language Analysis Essay Writing

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  • 1. SummaryYour task it to look closely at the language and images and explain HOW they areused to persuade the reader to agree with the author’s point of view (contention)
  • 2. Reading Carefully0 Ask questions as you read each article/blog/speech etc:WHAT? HOW? WHEN YOU ARE READING, YOU SHOULD …WHY?WHAT IS THE Identify the main contention. (THIS IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT!!)WRITER List or highlight the arguments.SAYING?HOW IS IT Write a few key words down to describe the tone/style and whenSAID? it changes Highlight thesupporting persuasive words phrases and techniques used.WHY IS IT Consider why some of the highlighted words and techniques arePERSUASIVE? persuasive. Think about how the words, phrases and techniques make you feel. How to these words, phrases and techniques help to persuade you to agree with the writer? How do these persuasive elements reinforce what the writer is saying and their purpose in saying it?
  • 3. Plan Your Response0 Write the main contention in your own words0 Dot point supporting arguments0 Select which persuasive techniques you will discuss (3/4)0 Identify which examples/quotations you will use as evidence0 Decide what you will look at in each body paragraph
  • 4. IntroductionYOU MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING… 0 Name/Title of the text and text type (opinion piece/speech/blog) 0 Writers name & contention 0 Where published/presented (if a speech) 0 Description of overall tone on the piece
  • 5. SENTENCE STARTERS: INTRO0 The writer asserts that … Contending that … , the writer then … The author quickly establishes the main contention that …0 In a … tone, the writer declares that …0 The point of view presented by [name of writer] is …0 Adopting a controversial position, the writer argues that …0 The writer argues that … which influences the reader to …0 The use of … positions the reader to share the writer’s viewpoint that …
  • 6. SYNONYMS FOR THE WORD ‘ARGUE’0 Asserts 0 Suggests0 Alleges 0 States0 Contends 0 Emphasizes0 Declares 0 Demands0 Affirms 0 Implies0 Makes a case 0 Recommends0 Reasons
  • 7. Body ParagraphsGenerally 3 or 4 body paragraphs (may be more, notless than three)Follow TEEL 0 Topic Sentence – Point one of your analysis, identify an important part of the writer’s argument or a key persuasive technique that is used by the writer 0 Examples & Evidence 0 Explanation of HOW/WHY the writer/speaker is persuasive 0 Link examples back to your topic sentence &/ contention
  • 8. SENTENCE STARTERS: MAIN PARAGRAPHS0 By introducing a controversial example, writer positions us to …0 The use of colourful language predisposes us to …0 Reference to … (experts/scientific findings/statistics) lend credibility to the writer’s argument.0 The use of a stereotypical example contributes to the effect of …0 Highly emotive language, for example … , influences us to accept …0 Through repetition of the word … , the writer seeks to coerce the reader into believing that …0 With a series of rhetorical questions the author aims to appeal to …0 The connotations of the word/phrase … have the effect of …0 By relentlessly attacking the opposing the view, the author leads us to accept that …
  • 9. LANGUAGE STYLE0 The writer’s use of a formal style and extensive research findings establishes her credentials …0 By addressing us informally, the writer establishes a sense of intimacy …0 The fast-paced and colloquial style immediately draws the reader into …
  • 10. Connectives:Moving Between ParagraphsTO MAKE A TO MAKE AN TO EXPAND TO SHOW ASIMILAR POINT OPPOSING ON A POINT LOGICAL POINT PROGRESSIONSimilarly … By contrast … Furthermore … Therefore …Likewise … On the other Moreover … As a result … hand …In the same way However … In addition … Consequently ……Equally too … In comparison For example … Thus … …So too … Whereas … For instance … For this reason …
  • 11. Conclusion0 Sum up what the writer’s main contention is, what do they want their audience to believe/do?0 Summarise the main techniques they have used to convey their point of view0 Assess the like success of the author’s persuasive strategy (audiences that will respond well to it and audiences that won’t)

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