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Get your assignment in front of you, then follow the instructions below. Type your answers to each step in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be well on your way with this project.

Step 1: Begin by studying the object of your analysis, which could be a book or other text, an event, a natural phenomenon, the results of an experiment or survey, or just about anything. Then try to identify and list the parts or elements that make up the whole. Write as many as you can in the box below:

Step 2: Look at your list from Step 1. See if you can you group any of those elements with others on the list. For example, if you listed blue, color, and green, you could sort blue and green together and put both of them under the category color.

Next, write about each element's relationship to other items in the same category and its relationship to the whole. How many items you should write about and how much you should write will depend on the complexity and length of your assignment.

Step 3: Review your assignment once again. Try to find the key word that prompts this analysis. Have you been asked to compare and contrast, argue (or criticize an argument), describe, or discuss what you have analyzed?

Based on the kind of analysis your reader expects, plan on how you will organize the writing in Step 2 so that your material is presented and developed logically and coherently.

With a plan in mind for the body of your paper, write a thesis statement that expresses the main idea(s) of your analysis. Type your thesis in the box below, then add as much of an introduction and rough draft as you can.

Are you curious about how other instructors ask students to analyze or use analytical thinking and writing? CUNY Assignments gives some examples.

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