Grade 12 English Essay Exemplars

Analytical Writing

What is it?

In an analytical essay, writers form and convey their ideas concerning a particular topic based on careful use and analysis of evidence. Below are some common types of analytical essays written in English classes:

·         Close Reading: Analyze literary/rhetorical devices, style, and tone used by an author to achieve his or her purpose/theme.

·         Compare and Contrast: Compare and/or contrast two passages or two different texts for style, purpose, or tone.

·         Theoretical: Analyze a text in relation to literary theory, cultural movement, and history.

 

Why Write Analytical Essays?

An analytical essay is an effective way of communicating critical thought about a variety of subjects. It develops and demonstrates important skills such as close reading, analysis, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition.

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Writing Sample Essays

Essay Task

Write a unified, coherent essay about the increasing presence of intelligent machines. In your essay, be sure to: 

  • clearly state your own perspective on the issue and analyze the relationship between your perspective and at least one other perspective
  • develop and support your ideas with reasoning and examples
  • organize your ideas clearly and logically
  • communicate your ideas effectively in standard written English

Your perspective may be in full agreement with any of those given, in partial agreement, or completely different.

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