Analysing and presenting arguments: from C+ to A+ essays
C+ Essay: The textbooks tend to provide you with a 5 to 10 page table-list of techniques and general arguments. This leads to technique-listing and poor structure. It often leads to word-level summary and hence superficial analysis of purpose. Not all techniques are of equal analytical value. Not all techniques are critical to the author’s arguments, reasons, values and purpose. The assessors are waiting to trap you with references to inclusive language and rhetorical questions, which are often meaningless if not contextualised.
Using Our Workbook you can get A +: Our workbook helps you write an excellent analysis = sound grasp of author’s views, values and argument structure + clever evaluation of author’s key reasoning/persuasive strategies and words and purpose.
Towards an A+ Essay: Our Workbook helps you focus on, and prioritise, the reasoning and persuasive strategies that are critical to, and embedded in, the author’s argument (their views, values, supporting reasons and purpose). (This analysis is critical to criterion relating to the constructions of texts.)
C+ Essay: The textbooks do not show you how to write your TEEL-structured paragraphs moving from the macro (key argument/strategy) to the micro (word-level) analysis and purpose. It is important to zoom in on a cluster of inter-related techniques/word stories in order to satisfy the criterion for “depth of analysis”/purpose.
Towards an A+ Essay: Follow our paragraph/essay plans for each of our exercises and the assessor’s tips and you will confidently gain a balance between macro (argument) and micro elements (word-level clusters) so that you can satisfy the criteria for “structure” and for “depth” of analysis/purpose.
C+ Essay: The textbooks do not show you how to write analytical sentences: if you do not use appropriate metalanguage (an analytical vocabulary) you will end up summarising the author’s views and values. Contrastingly, a clever use of analytical terms helps you get the right balance between analysis and summary.
Towards an A+ Essay: Our Workbook intersperses numerous analytical sentence models that help you write sentences with an analytical focus on purpose. For example, refer to pp. 26, 23, & 37.
- Please see a Student’s paragraph: before and after using The Language of Persuasion: arguments and techniques
- Please return to Analysing Arguments: Suggested Responses