Article Mapping –cotent– Article Map Whenever you read a secondary (critical) article, you must be able to identify the major claims in the argument. In order to give you practice, you are required to complete one article map. In this map you must identify and outline several parts of an argument. 1. Thesis statement 2. Major claims/topic sentences 3. Primary textual evidence 4. Secondary evidence (This can be historical, anecdotal, statistical, theoretical, etc.) 5. Responses to/agreements with/critiques of other critics’ arguments 6. Conclusion 7. A summary of your findings Requirements: ? You MUST use correct MLA in-text citation to identify page numbers and use correct formatting outlined in the syllabus. You MAY construct a list or outline of the majority of the map (You do not have to present the evidence in paragraph form unless the prompt expressly asks you to do so.) ? You MUST offer at least partial quotes/excerpts of passages that offer these parts of the argument. (You can use ellipses to eliminate unnecessary material from within your quotations.) There may be more than one example for some categories (Major claims/topic sentences should include several sentences.) ? If you do not find one of these elements in the article you’re mapping, you must offer an explanation of how the article operates without it. This explanation should be in paragraph form. (If it relies solely upon primary textual evidence, for instance, how does the author establish effective support for her thesis and claims? Is the argument sufficient without this element?) ? After you identify each part of the article, you must explain in 1-2 final paragraphs what you’ve learned about the structure of the argument. How does it function? Why is it ordered in the way that it is? Does it adequately support its thesis statement? Why or why not? Is there a particular moment in the argument when the writer offers a brilliant and convincing interpretation of primary evidence or adeptly deploys secondary support? Are there any weaknesses? Offer me a sense of what you’ve learned from taking apart the structure of the argument and examining its working pieces. **I HAVE ATTACHED A COPY OF AN ARTICLE MAP AND ALSO THE ARTICLE YOU ARE TO USE!

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