Analyzing an Article

Analyzing an Article
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With the new shift to non-fiction, finding curriculum can be difficult. This PowerPoint shows students how to take an article, read it for purpose, and write about it academically. After spending two class periods analyzing the article, "Spanking isn't parenting; it's child abuse" from CNN opinion, students honed in on one specific strategy that appealed to ethos, pathos, or logos. You can do this with any article. The end goal: write one, strong academic paragraph following the format:
1. Topic sentence 2. Set up the context 3. Weave in the textual evidence 4. Analysis of the evidence (at least three sentences) 5. Transition into the next textual evidence, setting up the context 6. Textual evidence 7. Analysis of the evidence (at least three sentences 8. Concluding sentence
You can find a handout in my store of how this structure works.
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