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Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 3. Analysis

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

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Analysis refers to the meaningful connection between content, concepts and ideas in light of the thesis.

Synthesis refers to the creation of new and original ideas from the combination of existing ideas.

Definition (informal)

Analysis: How are you going to take it apart?

Synthesis: How are you going to put it back together?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example analyses the concepts of nature and nurture by comparing and contrasting them.  It presents a synthesis of the concepts by suggesting that they are better understood as complements rather than opposites.

Resources (textbook)

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Resources (web)

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