Analytical Essay Rules

What is a title required to do?
– identify the content of the piece
– set limits on the topic
– communicate the dominant impression you want your essay to make
– grab the reader’s attention
proper spacing?
double spaced
tense?
present tense
perspective?
third person
What does the academic voice do?
– suppresses the author’s tone so the reader can FOCUS ON THE MATERIAL
when to underline or italicize?
titles of (long pieces) works that have been published and created by SOMEONE ELSE
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when to use quotations?
short stories, poems, songs
What should an introduction contain?
– title and author of text
– background information (NO SUMMARIZING!)
– thesis statement
purpose of an introduction?
to provide context
thesis statement
– one/two sentences that formulate both the topic and point of view
– should clearly state main idea and opinion
– provides the controlling idea for the paper
What makes a thesis/topic sentence argumentative?
– CANNOT be a statement of plot or fact
– must be a claim that can be argued and defended with evidence
topic sentence
– a sentence that supports or develops a single controlling idea
topic sentence functions
– supports an essay’s thesis statement
– unifies the content of a paragraph
– directs the order of the sentences
evidence consists of?
– specific instances/events from text
– direct quotations
good evidence will..
– strengthen your argument
– convince reader that you know your material well
– you read and annotated carefully
– fully explored your topic before writing
citing a quotation?
author’s last name and page number in parentheses following the quotation/paraphrase before period
What is analysis?
– explains how or why evidence proves your thesis
– connection between evidence and main argument
– directly explains how/why your evidence supports your thesis
style/tone?
academic
What should a conclusion contain?
– restate your thesis
– “so what?”
– “connecting to a course theme”
– “posing a new question”
“So what?”
– explains the significance of your basic assertion
– how your argument can apply to a larger concept
“Connecting to a Course Theme”
– establishes a connection between your paper’s thesis and a larger theme or idea from the course for which you are writing your paper
“Posing a New Question”
– invites the reader the consider a new idea or question that has appeared as a result of your argument