Analytical Essay Rules

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

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