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Author__________________________________

 

1.      State the thesis of the work (what does the author want us to know?) in one sentence.

 

 

 

2.      State the author's purpose (what does s/he want us to think/feel--what is his "agenda") in one sentence.

 

 

 

3.      Identify at least three of the main issues or points of argument (claims) that the author uses to achieve his/her purpose and demonstrate his/her thesis. Then . . .

 

4.      For each issue identify specific details (examples) and explanations that are used to illustrate thees main points.  List the details under the appropriate main points.

            

        First Issue:

 

 

 

 

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        Second Issue:

 

 

 

 

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        Third Issue:

 

 

 

 

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5.  Conclude with a summation and your personal assessment of the author's success--give your editorial opinion on the work as it does/does not fulfill the author's purpose and support the author's thesis.