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Analytical Essay Writing

Preparing for Analytical Essay Writing in Senior Drama
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Amanda Lingard

on 20 April 2012

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Transcript of Analytical Essay Writing

Brainstorm
Essay Structure
Research
Analytical Essay Writing in Drama
The Escapists

Company

Actors

Director
'Boy Girl Wall'
The Escapistsl
'Boy Girl Wall'
The 6 Cs of Good Writing
Clarify the question. What is being asked? What terms need to be explained?

Commit to a point of view. Choose a perspective and stick to it! Write down exactly what your stance will be, and refer to it as you write to make sure you don't waver.

Construct your arguments. Make a mind-map and think of the evidence (for example facts, examples, and proof) to support your opinion. You should have at least three different arguments, each with evidence and examples to support your stance.
Connect your thoughts into a logical sequence. Put your most convincing argument first.
1.
2.
3.

Choose effective persuasive techniques, strong adjectives and adverbs, emotive language and a variety of sentence structure to persuade your reader.

Conclude with a memorable paragraph that draws your argument together and leaves the reader seeing things from your perspective.
I believe that...
Argument:
Evidence:
Evidence:
Evidence:
Argument:
Evidence:
Evidence:
Evidence:
Argument:
Evidence:
Evidence:
Evidence:
Plus:
Minus:
Dramatic meaning:
Theatre Style

One person show

Themes

Relevance for contemporary audiences
Other elements
See example essays.

INTRODUCTION

• First sentence or two identifies the ‘Big Picture’. Why is this topic important?

Thesis statement
– what are you arguing? [use key words]
• Your arguments in support of your thesis - how will you argue your thesis?
[Summarise the arguments that will be presented in the essay body]
BODY
• In the body of your essay you develop your arguments in order.
• Supporting evidence for each point / argument.
• Use topic sentences – one topic per paragraph.
• Use linking sentences between paragraphs [use key words].

An essay presenting three arguments would look like this:
Paragraph one of the essay body:
Topic sentence (your first argument)
Explain – elaborate on your point / argument
Evidence - examples from your research (direct or indirect quotes)
Linking sentence to thesis and/or next topic [use key words]

Paragraph two of the essay body
Topic sentence (your second argument)
Explain – elaborate on your point / argument
Evidence - examples from your research (direct or indirect quotes)
Linking sentence to thesis and/or next topic [use key words]

Paragraph three of the essay body
Topic sentence (your third argument)
Explain - elaborate your point / argument
Evidence - examples from your research (direct or indirect quotes)
Linking sentence to thesis only [use key words]
CONCLUSION:

The conclusion can be quite short – usually one paragraph.
Do not present any new arguments or evidence in the conclusion.
Summarise / restate your three arguments.
Sum up your main
thesis
(contention) linking back to the key words in the topic.
Important
Details
Remember:
This is a formal essay requiring formal language
• Use third person – This essay . . . / It is argued . . . [do not say ‘I’ or ‘you’]
• Do not use headings
• Do not use slang words or colloquial expression
• Do not use abbreviations or contractions of words [write ‘do not’, not ‘don’t’]
Begin drafting your essay!
You can submit one draft for feedback, and this must be by the draft check date.

The more you submit, the more feedback you get.

Get busy! :-)
Referencing
Your essay must contain in-text referencing, and have a reference list attached.

Use the bibliography table and referencing guide provided to assist you with this.

This is much easier to complete as you research, rather than back-tracking to get it done at the end.

Remember - if you didn't think of it yourself, it needs referencing!
What did you like? What did you not like? What was the theme or meaning of the piece?
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