Introduction & Exploration


ANALYSIS — Introduction & Exploration

Unlike narrative writing, which focuses on things and events, analytical

writing focuses on ideas about and relationships between things. Writing

analysis involves answering questions, but often analysis means discovering

what your questions are. Discovering new questions is often the first

step to analysis. Answering those questions is the process you then use in

subsequent steps in your essay.

Research asks you to weave together a variety of sources into a new

synthesis of your own thought. In this essay, you will practice weaving

together diverse strands into a coherent whole.


For the next two essays, you will need to look at and analyze your own ideas,

analyze the writing of others published in books or periodicals to connect

with your own ideas, and create a synthesis of thought in an analytical essay.

This includes browsing and reading through and selecting passages from

published sources. You will select which published writings are appropriate

for you, depending on the topics and themes on which you choose to focus.


The topic with which to start your focus will be an area involving:

a) what the USA is doing wrong,

b) what the USA is doing right

c) both of the above – a combination of them.

You may begin with a general area of interest, such as health, the economy,

consciousness (from our text), the environment and sustainability, family,

gender, gender preference, education, race relations, media, crime, etc. You

may overlap two or more topics and the area of overlap will create a more

effective focus. In any case, for a 3-5 page essay, you will need to narrow

your topic. We will explore methods of narrowing the topic, including the

search for sources.

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