3Stylistic Analysis Paper (3SA)
Dr. Archibald’s English 110: English Composition
3SA paper links: 3SA assignment | style ppt | 3SApeer review | 3SArubric | 3SA_SRAs | sample student essay: “Should Students Have the Right of Freedom of Speech?”
JWilliams: Style chap. 3&4 | list of notes & terms | notes on 3SA paper
Purdue OWL: Analysis
Other links: Knightcite | paper form
In the 3SA paper you will be asked to write a stylistic analysis. The 3SA is in preparation for the next paper, the 4Research paper. In that assignment, you will write a research paper while carrying over what you have learned in the 1Reflection, 2Descriptive, and 3Stylistic Analysis papers. The 3SA paper will further your understanding of the stylistic choices a writer makes to effectively communicate with a reader on a specific topic for a particular purpose while employing sentence coherence and emphasis.
You will use the stylistic terms of coherence and emphasis presented in the Williams Style text (selection) to do a stylistic analysis of a sample student research paper. Thus by writing a stylistic analysis of a research paper, you will better understand how to write your own research paper while employing the style features of emphasis and coherence.
Note1: Read Williams Style (see the links above) chapter 3 “Coherence” and chapter 4 “Emphasis”.
Note2: Make a copy of the sample student essay: “Should Students Have the Right of Freedom of Speech?” then read it, and as a pre-writing exercise, annotate it (8SRA).
Note3: Write a stylistic analysis of the sample student essay that discusses and critiques the writer’s style and how it might better conform to the style protocols described in the Williams’ chapters on coherence and emphasis. See this list of notes & terms from Williams. Also, see this class handout.
Your audience should be those who care about style in academic writing.
Length: 3-4 pp (~800-1000wrds)
Drafts: Write two drafts of the paper. The second draft needs to be revised in accordance with the comments you receive from your instructor and your peer group.
- Late rough drafts will be docked 5pts when I grade the final draft
- Rough drafts that do not meet the assignment word limit will be docked 5pts.
- Failure to provide a first draft will result in half credit for the paper.
The paper should be double spaced and use a 12 point sans serif font like Arial or Verdana.
- See this page (from the Purdue OWL) for an example of an analysis paper format.
- Note: Ignore the fact that they talk mostly about a visual rhetorical analysis. Read for the form.
- Also, study the notes on analysis for help on writing an analysis
Basic paper structure:
- Introduction: Talk briefly about the value of writing with style and then tell the reader that you are performing a stylistic analysis. Give a quick summary of coherence and emphasis (from Williams) and what you will do in the paper.
- Describe how the sample paper conforms to the rules of coherence–provide a thesis—and where it needs to be revised. Give suggestions.
- Describe how the paper conforms to the rules of emphasis–provide a thesis–and where it needs to be revised. Give suggestions.
- Conclusion: discuss what the paper does stylistically, how it could be improved, and what are the consequences for the analyst’s–your–own writing.
Note: I will be looking for how you use Williams’s protocols of coherence and emphasis in your 3SA drafts.