Guide to Writing an Analytical Essay Before reading the assignment, you should become familiar with the following questions. The answers to these questions will become the basis of your analytical essay. 1. What information does the author use to support her argument? Does she use the information to convincingly support her argument? Explain. 2. What did you like/dislike about the assigned reading? Explain. 3. While reading the assignment, consider the elements of style used in the assignment. Consider such style elements as word choice, sentence structure, paragraph development, and overall organization of the reading. How do these style elements affect the clarity of the work sand the author’s communicative effort? 4. Concisely state what the author’s claim (thesis) is. Briefly explain why you think it is the central claim and give evidence to support your claim. 5. Are there any flaws in the logic or clarity of the author’s argument? . Read the book and answer questions: 1. Read the book and answer the above questions. 2. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all you need to do is to summarize the book. None of the questions asks for a summary. (This is not to say that some summarizing may be necessary for supporting your case.) 3. This is an analytical assignment not simply a descriptive on. However, a small amount of description may be necessary for you to answer your questions. . Now you are ready to write your essay. 1. Remember the essay should be between 5-8 pages. Five pages is the minimum acceptable; eight pages is the maximum acceptable. 2. Also remember that violations of the rules of standard written English will cost you points, so proofread carefully for slips in spelling, in punctuation, and in grammar. 3. And follow the style sheet of your discipline for citing in the paper. Improper citations will also cost you points.