Ideas for Teaching Analysis in Writing

Sandy Garcia came across these tips for teaching effective analysis in the writing process.

Ideas for analysis:

  • Restate and expand the thesis into a broader statement in order to summarize the insights developed in the body of the paragraph or essay.
  • Leave the reader with a new and deeper understanding of the topic.
  • Remind the reader of the main points by summarizing them.
  • Leave the reader with final thoughts on the topic.
  • Convey a strong and effective message that the reader will remember.
  • Make a prediction based on evidence presented.
  • Suggest results or consequences.
  • Suggest a solution, make a recommendation or call for action.
  • Quote an authority on the subject.

Connecting Your Details (From Writer’s Inc)

Once you’ve arranged all of the details (evidence) in your writing, you need to tie them together so they read smoothly.  The words below can help.

Words used to COMPARE  THINGS (IDEAS)/SHOW SIMILARITIES

also                                likewise                        in the same way       

as                                    similarly                       like

Words used to CONTRAST THINGS (IDEAS)/SHOW DIFFERENCES

although                        even though                   still                        on the other hand

but                                however                        yet                        otherwise

Words used to EMPHASIZE A POINT

this reason                      truly                               to emphasize

especially                        to repeat                        in fact

Words used to CONCLUDE or SUMMARIZE

all in all                        finally                                 therefore                        in summary

as a result                    last                                    to sum up                      in conclusion

Words used to add INFORMATION

additionally                        for example                        also                        as well

again                                 for instance                        and                        besides

along with                          in addition                          another                   finally

Words used to CLARIFY

for instance                        in other words                        that is                        put another way

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