understand the perspectives of those writing on your issue, it is useful to
analyze the contexts (background or history, values, beliefs, affiliations,
cultural context, etc.) of the writers, who will vary as individuals but may
also show similarities to others who hold similar positions. As a way of
grappling with the issue of context, begin your analysis of perspectives by
examining your own. By applying a series of context questions to yourself, you
should be able to see more clearly how context and background influence
positions that people take on issues. By acknowledging your own vested
interests (affiliations, beliefs, values, background, etc.), you may be better
able to see understand other perspectives in the culture and the literature.
Purpose of the
Analysis: To look closely and critically at your own context and thereby to
develop the skills for applying similar analysis to outside sources and their
Audience for the
Analysis: Your instructor and classmates are the audience for this
In Your Folder
Include: Your Topic Proposal, Your Worksheet for this Analysis, and the
Final Draft of your Personal Position Analysis
Answer the following questions. Then select a few of your responses and write a
focused and developed analysis of your own context for reacting to the issue.
The final Personal Position Analysis should be approximately 500 words.