Article Analysis (Due before 21 Jun 2020 – 4:00 pm )
Article Analysis – Instructions
Part of writing an effective analytical research paper involves using evidence directly from your primary texts (the literature itself) as well as the works of other critics and scholars (secondary texts). Therefore, you will need to be able to analyze these secondary works, and to accurately quote, paraphrase and summarize these outside sources in your own essays. This assignment helps build these research skills. In fact, the article you analyze here (and the literature on which it’s based) could even become part of your research paper topic in future weeks, if you choose.
For this assignment, choose a critical article from one of the (Library Databases) that makes a clear argument about any one of the stories you’ve read for the class so far. The article you choose must provide more than basic biographical information and plot summary; it must make an opinionated argument about some aspect of the literary work. Your complete analysis should be at least 500 words in length.
Library Database Link Below:
In your analysis, you should clearly identify the author’s thesis and main points by SUMMARIZING the article. Your summary should be no more than 150 words.
You should then provide a critique of these main points and EXPLAIN how this article’s argument is relevant or convincing to you (or not), and why.
You should also include in this analysis a QUOTE and a PARAPHRASE from the article, with appropriate in-text citations.
Your paper must be formatted according to MLA format (this includes having a header, double spacing, etc.)
All quotations, paraphrases and summaries MUST be cited using MLA format.
You must include a (Reference works-cited page) at the end of your paper.
For more information about MLA style, you should view the Purdue OWL’s pages on MLA:
Mechanics, Grammar, and Punctuation
All written assignments should be mechanically and grammatically correct with proper punctuation.
For more information on each of these, you should view the Purdue OWL’s General Writing Resources page:
The introduction should include a clear thesis statement. It should also clearly identify the title of the article you’ve chosen and the author’s name.
Each body paragraph should have a clear topic sentence that relates back to the thesis. The information in each paragraph should relate to the topic sentence. In the body paragraphs, you may want to focus on individual points made by the author.