Developing the Third “I” – Interpretation
Learn to "slow down" your analysis by attending to the following rhetorical tasks:
Instructions: After inserting a quotation from the text, …
1) Explain the content meaning: What do the words mean?
2) Explain the context: How does that meaning relate to the claim in your paragraph?
3) “Judgment”: How does the explanation relate to the thesis? How, in other words, does it prove your central argument?
Today, I want you to work with this model.
a. Identify and underline each paragraph’s claim: it should be arguable and it should connect to and expand upon the thesis. Do not underline anything that is not a claim.
b. Locate all illustrations (examples, quotations, direct evidence) and place an “E” above them to indicate “evidence.” Is evidence sufficient? Do examples connect ostensibly to the claim introduced in the topic sentence?
c. Analyze the analysis (the third “I”) using the steps 1-3 above. Can you identify any gaps?