Now that you have researched what people are saying about your issue,
you need to organize the information you found in an analytical manner.
In doing so, you will not only keep the richness of each person's
position and the complexity of your issue (and avoid reducing the
issue to a simple “pro/con” debate), but you also provide yourself
with a more accessible form of organization for your research than
if you kept everyone separate. This organization will also help you
in Portfolio 3 in that you will have information at your fingertips
to use to support your claim and refute your opposition.
goal in the Issue Analysis is to group the sources you found for your
Annotated Bibliography into the shared approaches the sources take
toward your issue. These approaches will be based on common themes
or threads you will find among the sources you researched previously.
Each approach will need to be explicated in terms of the theme or
thread that holds it together (the sources' values, beliefs, concerns,
needs, purposes, etc.). You should create at least three different
approaches that cannot be reduced to pro/con sides but nevertheless
represent how the sources approach the debate about your issue.
example, if you were researching whether or not we should enact a
statewide smoking ban in Colorado restaurants and bars, you would
most certainly find that business owners, citizens, doctors, politicians,
and cigarette companies would be talking about the issue; these would
be your sources. You might then see that your sources could be grouped
into approaches that include a business approach (perhaps consisting
of Colorado business owners and the cigarette companies), a health
approach (perhaps consisting of citizens and doctors), and a personal
rights approach (perhaps consisting of citizens and politicians).
Not everyone in the approach will feel the same exact way about the
issue, but they will be similar on at least one level: a shared value,
belief, concern, need, purpose, etc. For each approach, then, you
would explain what holds the sources together within the approach
(e.g. both Colorado business owners and cigarette companies value
The audience for your Issue Analysis is our class. You will
do the organization in the Writing Studio using the Issue Tool located
will need to have at least three different approaches comprised of
the sources you researched. Each approach will need to be given a
title or label that reflects that theme or thread that holds the approach
together. The explication of each approach should be approximately
The Issue Analysis should reflect at least three different
(and labeled) approaches writers take in terms of your issue (the
approaches will be based on the writer's values, beliefs, purposes
for writing, etc.) and is worth 50% of your grade for Portfolio 2.
It will be graded on a +/- scale. The explications of the approaches
need to be focused and detailed and should use quotes and paraphrases
as necessary to illustrate that the sources in the approach belong