The Bedford Reader CHAPTER 9 DIVISION OR ANALYSIS Open to Pages 330-331 Read and view the cartoon Questions: What does it say about the boy’s parents? What contradictions do you spot about their values or politics? What might the cartoonist be saying more generally about food choices? Cartoon The Method A chemist working for a soft drink company is asked to improve on a competitors product: duck sauce First, she has to figure out what’s in the sauce She smells it and tastes it She tests it chemically This is Division and Analysis! Division and Analysis is a skill in learning and life It allows you to slice large and complicated subjects into smaller parts You did this in Chapter 8 with Process Analysis You did this in Chapter 7 with Compare and Contract Kinds of Division and Analysis Although it always works the same: separating a whole subject into its parts…. It can be more or less difficult depending upon how unfamiliar or complex the subject is Kinds of Division and Analysis There are as many ways to divide and analyze as to slice a pie For example: a psychologist may look at a person as a bundle of drives and needs A sociologist may emphasize the person’s role in society Different factions analyze differently The Process Subjects and Theses Keep an eye out for writing assignments requiring division and analysis They will include the word “analyze” or a word implying analysis such as “evaluate”, “examine” “explore”, “interpret” Ex: Say you have an assignment to write about a sculpture at a nearby park Why do you like it? Why don’t you? What elements make it art? What is the point of public art? Evidence For a valid analysis it is important to refer to the concrete world Provide EVIDENCE! Don’t get too carried away with the analysis…the details Keep the subject right in front of you and make it recognizable to the reader Let’s Read Pages 337-339 together Assignment Read pages 340-342 “I Want a Wife” Answer Questions on Meaning, Writing Strategy, Language” Look at “Journal Writing” on p. 342, then write “Suggestions for Writing” #1 Be ready to share!