Do your ever read your student's essays and think "Good example!" only to be disappointed that their explanation of it is lacking? Do your students often skip any form of analysis in their argumentative writing?
This tip sheet for students was designed because I was tired of getting writing the same feedback to my students in their argumentative essays ("EXPLAIN this!" or "Good point, but WHY?" or "What's the connection there?"). Good analysis is hard to do in writing, even for adults, and I found my students wanted a formula for how to improve. Unfortunately, good analysis is complex and does not have a one-size-fits all approach. This tip sheet provides a few options for what good analysis looks like.