A word from the expert:
For your SAC, a smart comparative-style analysis will earn you top marks.
Most approaches I’ve read, over-analyse word level. They do not nail viewpoints, and fail to clearly identify the argument base. Many are generic.
In order to compare viewpoints, you must have a very sharp focus on each author’s viewpoints. (You will notice that typical approaches do not really nail the viewpoint. They move chronologically throughout an article, without a clear focus. They often tend to describe and summarise the argument; they do not analyse. There is a very subtle, and very important difference. A failure to recognise this fundamental point will not set you up for a successful essay.)
You must intuitively hone in on the most salient part of an author’s argument/article. (Most of the typical approaches I’ve seen are focused on an over-analysed word-level analysis. This clouds, rather than reinforces, the main viewpoints and the author’s argument. Once again, it makes comparison more, not less difficult.)
Have the confidence to know where the main viewpoints lie. Do not over-annotate.
You need to group and cluster key techniques that reinforce the viewpoint. This will prevent an over-analysed word level analysis.
Most of the approaches I’ve seen do not have a good grasp of the “argument”. One criteria is based on how author’s “Construct an argument”. A simple and efficient analysis of this, helps to set you up for success. I’ve seen a lot of generic references to argument that tend to summarise, rather than analyse.
I am running a series of Zoom Classes so that you can learn exactly how to fine-tune your analysis.
See : Arguments 2020 (the only updated workbook)
See Arguments 2020: Argument and Persuasive Language