Comparative Analysis

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You will write a comparative analysis of two articles.2 The following are characteristics to look for in an effective essay/argument. The ones in all CAPS must be included in your analysis of the article/argument. The others are marked Optional and can be used if you see fit:

-CLAIM/TITLE

-Introduction/conclusion (organization) – Optional

-OPPOSITION

-COMMON GROUND

-SUPPORTING EVIDENCE: statistics, graphs, studies, reports, percentages, numbers

-CREDIBILITY: experts (How are they experts?)

-Opinion vs. fact – Optional

-CONTRADICTION (Mention it only if it is there)

-Language (sexist? racist? does it exploit? inappropriate tone? stereotypes?) – Optional

-ASSUMPTION (Mention it only if it is there)

SET-UP
Introduction: Must include author’s name and title of article

Must include your claim re: your overall view of the article.

Claim/Title:What is the author’s claim? Quote it.

Is it strong or weak and why?

Quote the title of the article. Is it well written? Strong? Weak?

Explain specifically why it is strong or weak. If it is weak, then

give a suggestion for a strong title.

Opposition/Common Ground:

What is the “other side” mentioned in the article (the one that disagrees with the author of the

article)? Quote it. The opposition must be quoted fairly and appropriately. Explain why it is

quoted fairly or why it is not. Be specific. If it is not, then tell what should have been there to

make it an effective opposition.

Quote the common ground (the place where there is a “meeting of the minds”, the point

where both sides agree before they part ways).If there is not one, mention that as a negative

and tell what should have been stated to show common ground re: the topic.

Supporting Evidence:

Give quotes of the strong and weak types of supporting evidence used in the article

(1 of each). Tell why it is positive or negative. Tell what should have been written to make it

strong if it is weak. (e.g. What is the name of the study/survey? When was it done? Who did

it? How many people were used/asked? How many males, females, etc? What racial

diversity was used? Where was the study/survey done?

Experts/Credibility:

Give examples (at least 2) of experts used and tell why those people are or are not experts.

What position do they hold and for how long? What vested interest do these people have and

why? What makes them credible? Explain. What makes them not credible? What degree do

they have? From where? What should have been mentioned in order to prove to the reader

that this person, organization, people are experts?

Conclusion:

Give your overall analysis of the article. Be specific. Is it an article you would recommend

for someone else to read? Why or why not? In this paragraph, you can also tell whether you

agree or disagree with the subject-matter presented in the article as well.

NOTE: PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDED. THE ARTICLES ARE INCLUDED. PLEASE USE ONLY THE TWO ARTICLES ATTACHED. WHEN WRITING THE ANALYSIS USE THE PEER REVIEW DOCUMENT SO THAT YOU KNOW WHAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE ESSAY.

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