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Help for students (college and high school) who are looking to write more effective analytical essays.

Help for students (college and high school) who are looking to write more effective analytical essays.

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  • Keys to aStrong Analytical Essay
  • preface
  • Skill-Sets for Success inToday’s Economy
  • Analytical
  • Communication(incl. writing and speaking)
  • and / or…
  • A 98-MPH fastball
  • Keys to aStrong Analytical Essay
  • Preparation• Note down significant details (and page #’s) as you read your sources• Read the essay Q closely and highlight its key parts• Write an outline before you start your essay
  • Thesis
  • Thesis• Clear and plausible• Insightful, sophisticated, original
  • Analysis
  • Analysis• well-supported with specific evidence• transcends simple observation, offers original insights
  • Logic and Argumentation 1 st
  • Logic and Argumentation• Analysis is clear to see• Shows an understanding of the essay assignment• Evidence is clearly related and supports the argument
  • Logic and Argumentation 2nd
  • Logic and Argumentation• Anticipates and defends against counter- arguments• Raises new questions and insights on the topic
  • Traps!
  • Assertion vs.Argument
  • Assertion:Humpty Dumpty was foolish. Sitting on a wall can be a dangerous activity. Latergenerations could indeed learn from Humpty Dumpty, avoiding not only the walls but alsothe great falls to which they contribute.
  • Assertion:Humpty Dumpty was foolish. Sitting on a wall can be a dangerous activity. Latergenerations could indeed learn from Humpty Dumpty, avoiding not only the walls but alsothe great falls to which they contribute.Argument:Humpty Dumpty was foolish. His lack of care can be seen not only in his freneticassumption of a seat on the wall but also in period accounts of his uncontrolled frivolity asnoted by Francis Dinkelhoffer, one of the so-called ‘Merry Old Men’ [Dinkelhoffer (1483):45]. Indeed, as one emergency room report from the incident also recounted, Dumpty“toppled from a great height with injuries worsened via slam dancing and extremeintoxication.” [Old King Cole Hospital Report, 22 March 1481, p.84, cited in E. G. G.Benedict (2004): 348]. We can see from this evidence that Humpty Dumpty did not alwaysutilize his full faculties of wisdom or forethought.
  • Narrative vs.Analysis
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  • Supporting Detail? Be selective.
  • Don’t retell the whole story… structure your essay w/ analysis + evidence.
  • Structure?• Intro Paragraph: including clear statement of thesis• Body: paragraphs framed by analysis, with supporting evidence• Conclusion: Revisit thesis, raise further questions or implications…
  • More Traps!
  • Evidence• Does it actually support your analytical points?• Is it thorough throughout the essay?• Could it support a counter-argument?
  • And don’t forget…
  • Mechanics• Avoid spelling mistakes, passive voice, run- on sentences, fragments, and comma splices…• Use proper punctuation• Use a consistent citation format
  • And always…
  • always…
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  • proofread
  • Overwhelmed?
  • UMW Writing Centers Visit us!http://academics.umw.edu/writing-fredericksburg/ http://academics.umw.edu/writing-stafford/
  • Need help on a History Paper?Visit our UMW History and American Studies Resources Page at http://bit.ly/HISA-Resources
  • “Keys to a Strong Analytical Essay” by Susan Fernsebner / susanfernsebner.orgImage CreditsPapelbon Pitches – Waldo Jaquith - http://www.flickr.com/photos/waldoj/126362372/Outtake – Nooo! [Overwhelmed] – Andres.thor - http://www.flickr.com/photos/andresthor/3963368371/