February is here, finally. Time is passing by real fast. I am buried under a pile of work, which is good news but I don’t seem to be able to write frequently on my own blog. Nevertheless, I have found something interesting for you to read.
You cannot ever underestimate the power of one or two words. As writers we should know how something is said can be the difference between a good story and a great one.
The same can be true when reading compared to writing, as they are two different sides of the coin. When reading, every word in a mystery or a thriller could be a clue, however the same could be in a thesis. If you do not choose the correct word to describe something then your thesis could be shot down.
In high school this could not be more important, as every word in a question could be the difference in your answer. Take the word ‘ARGUE’. You must start by understanding what the question is asking of you when it uses the word argue.
The word ‘ARGUE’ asks you to take a side. Do you or do you not agree with the argument? In a paper you must put forth the different sides to the argument. Look and see how many views there are because there can be many views of one argument. Once you have shown all the view you must take one and argue for it. This will be the view not only you believe in but the one that gives the strongest argument.
When writing your strongest view you must argue against the other views you have previously stated, and why the view you have chosen is the best between them all.
The word ‘COMPARE’ is related to our word ‘argue’ however they are two very different descriptive words. To compare something is to show what the same about the subjects is and what is different about them. With the word ‘COMPARE’ it is a good idea to show what is the same about your subject and staying within the same comparison show the opposite then move to your next comparison.
With ‘COMPARE’ you do not take a side. You do not tell in your paper that what you believe is better or more relevant; you do not give your opinion just the facts of what the differences are between the subjects.
The word ‘ANALYZE’ is a more in depth look at the subject. Here one must look at the underlying material and its source. Question everything! Question where the information came from and its validity. Break each argument or ‘clue’ and look to see how it relates to the whole complete argument.
When writing at a local newspaper the reporters are to answer the three ‘W’s where, when, why. However ones answers that are to be reached by ones analyze could conclude by a how and why answer. Much like a newspaper reporter asking questions ones analyze should answer with how and why.
Remember one must look under or behind the surface of all your source material, for this is where you will find the material to analyze.
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