How do you analyze a document?

How much information do you need for analyzing a document, and what is the best way to do it to make sure you get the points?

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Are you referring to describing the contents of the document, using the document to further your argument, or sourcing?

If you’re asking about the doc analysis points available – explain how or why (rather than simply identifying) the document’s point of view, purpose, historical situation, or audience is relevant to an argument about the prompt for each of the documents sourced. So, think about the revolutionary phase of government when referring to the Declaration of Rights of Man & the Citizen, or the increased status of women in communist China (Mao’s women hold up half the sky) compared to traditional Confucian beliefs. The intended audience of a doc – a government official telling their supervisor what they want to hear in order to advance their career. Make sure you analyze one doc for one point, two docs for two points on the 2020 rubric.

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