1.  Type of essay:

NarrativeTo entertain, illuminate, or tell a story
ArgumentativeTo convince the reader of the validity of the thesis
PersuasiveTo persuade the reader to act
ExpositoryTo explore, explain, classify, or define

2.  Purpose:

  • What is the thesis? Explicit or Implicit?
  • What is the purpose of the essay? (to entertain, persuade, criticize, provoke, etc.)
Explicit (Stated/Direct) Implicit (Implied/Indirect)
-topic and position are stated from the beginning-thesis is not directly stated but implied through implication or evidence

3.  Style: Is the essay Formal or Familiar?

FormalFamiliar
-serious treatment of subject

-precise and accurate info

-instructs and informs in order to convince

no contractions, no slang,

no 1st person

-reveals personality of writer

-moods =casual, ironic, humorous, satiric

-personal and friendly persuasion

-to entertain or shed light on a subject

4.  Evidence:

  • What types of supporting evidence are used?

(Examples, comparisons, contrasts, statistics, etc.)

5.  Mood or Reaction?

  • What emotional reaction do you have?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the essay?

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