What I want you to do:

Writing the article analysis assignment In this assignment you are required to find a journal article of your choice for critical analysis. What I want you to do: 1. Find a journal article that you find interesting. a. You must use scholarly articles for this assignment; these are found in professional journals, not general circulation magazines, sports magazines, newspapers, etc. The CSUSB Pfau Library subscribes to a large number of such journals in both physical and electronic format. Recent issues of most of the physical journals are kept in the lobby of Pfau Library. Past issues are bound in hardcover by volume. Ask the librarian on duty for help if needed. b. If you want to find articles about a particular topic, use the databases available through the Library home page (accessible from any of the library computers). One of the most commonly used databases is the EbscoHost. A complete list of all the databases you can access can be found on the webpage of the Library. Make sure you get full text of the article you are analyzing. If you get an article from one of these, choose the PDF format if it is available. Make sure your article is a peer reviewed, scientific journal, article. 2. Read the article. a. Use techniques discussed in the class to find useful, relevant, and important information for reference in your own work. (Skimming, coding, etc.) b. Read it again, this time with a much more detail attention to what you are reading. 3. Think about what you read and write down your notes. a. These are your feelings, questions, agreements, or disagreements you might have with the article. b. Write them down. Some of them can become important paragraphs in your work. 4. Now, think about what you want to say to your teacher about what you read. a. This is where you start forming your thesis. b. You can use some of these questions to help you. i. What is the author saying? (Consider the thesis, conclusion, any charts or visual materials you encounter, etc.) ii. Do you agree? Why? Why not? (You have evidence to show otherwise? Talk about that.) iii. Is what your reading logical? (Is it coherent? Could you follow the logic?) 5. Start a draft by forming a thesis statement. a. This thesis statement is NOT repetition of the author’s thesis statement. b. Again, do not tell me author’s thesis. Thesis must be yours. c. Use your feelings, your stance, your logical agreement or disagreement to form a coherent thesis d. Remember, you do not have to disagree to be critical. You can agree and still be critical. A critical analysis piece and a critical piece are two different forms of writing. 6. Organize your mind and your paper. a. Use the MEAL plan to guide you. i. Main point = Introduction, thesis, first paragraph, whatever…! ii. Evidence = the authors stance, the main point of the author. (It is okay to repeat the authors thesis statement, if that is what you are going to analyze.) iii. Analysis = the body of your work. Any information you are giving to your reader. This is the main body of your work. This is where every sentence is related to the one before it and every paragraph is related to the one before and after. iv. Link = summarize what you found out. Link what the author says with what you are arguing. What you want your reader to take away from reading your work. 7. Read it back to yourself. OUT LOUD. a. Read your paper back to yourself out loud so you can hear it. It is the hearing part that is important. So, read it out loud, not in your hear, not under your breath. Read it loud enough that you can hear it. It is okay if your neighbors don’t hear it, you hearing it is enough! 8. Finally. a. Go through your paper and do a final check. b. Make sure your page count meets the requirement of 4 to 5 pages. That is neither 3, nor 6, remember that! c. Make sure you are using Times New Roman font of size 12 with 1 inch margin. d. Citation style can be of your choice. Caution: In-text citation and a citation pages are required. Thinking and Inquiry – 10 pts • Evidenced clear comprehension of the topic and articulated a thoughtful and provoking critique Summary of Article – 5 pts • Provided a thorough, clear, and concise (1 paragraph) summary of the article context and content Reasoning and Evidence – 15 pts • Provided clear and persuasive critiques that were the main content of the paper Organization and Conclusions – 5pts • Provided a clear thesis and introduction and a well-developed and organized critique throughout Grammar and Syntax – 5 pts • Few to no grammatical mistakes. Excellent use of transitions and complex sentence structure Proper in-text citation and a reference page – 10 pts •

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