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Me Talk Pretty One Day Essay Analysis Template

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Planning for Assignment 2, Milestone 1

First, you should re-read your selected article and jot down any new ideas or reactions you have to the reading. Then open up the Word document that you submitted for the Writing Plan. (You can return to 5-1 to download another version of the document.) Look over your instructor's comments and consider how you could have improved your answers to any of the questions. Also think about how your answers might change now that you have had some time to step away from the reading.

Constructing Assignment 2, Milestone 1

Answer the following questions to help you construct a draft of your Critical Analysis essay. Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to download all of your responses to a single Word document that you will proofread and format before submitting to your instructor.

Enter your responses into the textboxes provided and then click "Submit." Your responses will be saved to the Notebook, which can be found under the "Course Tools" menu. This assignment is a large part of the writing that you will perform in this course, so allow yourself plenty of time to complete this section, and fill out each textbox carefully.

The next activity uses a rich text area. You can tab to the editor body. Press ALT-F10 to get to the toolbar. Press ESC to return to the editor body. A save button is available in the top toolbar all the way to the right and will become visible when it receives focus.

1. After re-reading your selected article, write a 3-4 sentence overview of the work, briefly describing main points and your thoughts about the writing. Include the author's name and title of the article in this overview. These sentences will be part of your Introduction.

2. In Assignment 1: Writing Plan, you wrote a claim* to be addressed in your analysis essay. The claim should again clearly state what you believe is the author's goal in his or her article, your reaction to this goal (e.g., do you agree or disagree?), and why you had this reaction. After re-reading and re-evaluating the article, do you want to change your claim? If so, re-write your claim in the textbox below. If you are still happy with your original claim, enter it again in the textbox.

3. In Assignment 1: Writing Plan, you listed three possible key points* that the author used to support his or her goal. Re-write the first supporting point in the textbox below. Then list one way in which the reading supports this point.

4. Now look for specific evidence* to support this first key point. The evidence should be a direct quote* from the article, a summary* of a section of the article, or a paraphrased* section of the article. Include the evidence in the textbox. (Remember to put quotation marks around direct quotes and cite the source in either MLA or APA format. Click here to access the MLA and APA Formatting Handbooks.)

5. Write 1-2 sentences that explain how this piece of evidence supports the author's goal (from Question 2). Then, write 4 or more sentences that explain your reaction to the author's key point (e.g., do you agree or disagree with this key point and its evidence? Do you think the author met his/her goal with the evidence that is being presented? Does additional information need to be included?) Remember to elaborate on your reaction.

6. Write the second key point/supporting point from your Assignment 1: Writing Plan notes in the textbox below.

7. Now look for specific evidence to support this second key point. The evidence should be a direct quote from the article, a summary of a section of the article, or a paraphrased section of the article. Include the evidence in the textbox. (Remember to put quotation marks around direct quotes.)

8. Write 1-2 sentences that explain how this piece of evidence supports your claim (from Question 2). Then, write 4 or more sentences that explain your reaction to the author's key point (e.g., do you agree or disagree with this key point and its evidence? Do you think the author met his/her goal with the evidence that is being presented? Does additional information need to be included?) Remember to elaborate on your reaction.

9. Write the third key point/supporting point from your Assignment 1: Writing Plan notes in the textbox below.

10. Now look for specific evidence to support this third key point. The evidence should be a direct quote from the article, a summary of a section of the article, or a paraphrased section of the article. Include the evidence in the textbox. (Remember to put quotation marks around direct quotes.) 11. Write 1-2 sentences that explain how this piece of evidence supports your claim (from Question 2). Then, write 4 or more sentences that explain your reaction to the author's key point (e.g., do you agree or disagree with this key point and its evidence? Do you think the author met his/her goal with the evidence that is being presented? Does additional information need to be included?) Remember to elaborate on your reaction.

12. In conclusion, rephrase your claim as stated in Question 2.

Write 3-4 sentences that summarize your reaction to the author's key supporting points (Questions 3-11).

Explain at least 2 insights* about your claim established through your analysis.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS ESSAYIn the article "Me Talk Pretty One Day", David Sedaris talks about his previous experience about returning to school at a late age. In addition, Sedaris decided to relocate to Paris, France to learn how to speak French. Sedaris describes his discomfort and anxiousness of learning French while dealing with a difficult teacher. He does this by describing his anxiety of being older but coping with it and sharing his experiences of the struggles with the new culture and his arrogant teacher. By the end of the article, he was able to realize that he does in fact understand French however is still not able to speak fluently. The many humorous insights about the journey he underwent provided his readers, like myself, the comfort of knowing that it is never too late to doanything that you want to do. Within the article "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris, it discusses the many challenges of learning something new, especially when placed in a negative situation. However, by allowing his audience to feel his insecurities, overcoming his fear throughhard work and feeling accomplished because of his tenacity, one can achieve success.Originally, I stated that the author's purpose of this article is to inform its viewers that even though you have some exposure and/or learned of a different language, it is quite difficult to become fluent. However, with time, one can learn anything that they are passionate about. After re-reading the article with an analytical analysis, the author's goal has not changed. Within the first words from the article, Sedaris spoke about his experience about going back to school "at the age of forty-one" (Sedaris, 1999). With his teacher's constant abuse and belittling, Sedaris (1999) wrote "over time, it became impossible to believe that any of us would ever improve." However, the end of the article shows his progress because of his tenacity and eagerness to learn.