One common type of essay is an article analysis essay
Analyzing Journal Articles & Essays - Oglala Lakota …
Some of you may have taken the task as trying to summarize the primarythesis of the article in your own words. That is fine, provided yourown statement of the thesis does differ substantially from the sentencesprovided above. But a well-written argumentative essay will havea clearly-articulated thesis statement, and one need not to put in theextra work of trying to figure out what the central point is that the authoris trying to communicate. Thesis statements makes things easier onthe reader, which is one of the primary communicative goals of good writing at least in philosophy (mystery authors may have different goals).
Analyzing Journal Articles & Essays
We are reading this article not for its content although I expect it to be of interest to many of you, especially thecriminology majors but as an illustration of how to think in terms ofarguments. That is, we shall be using this article as a way of illustratingsome of the key concepts brought out in the previous lecture. Further,this essay can serve as a model of the kind of writing I expect you tobe doing in your essays (with some important caveats that I will mentionat the end of this lecture).