Comparative Analysis: Linking Two Texts Within a Single Frame

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Assignment by Kristin vanEyk, Bedford New Scholar 2018


Comparative Analysis

A dual analysis of two related texts in which a secondary text extends an argument made in a primary text.



In groups of three, review your reading notes and annotations of “Says Who” (Curzan, 2009) and “Mother Tongue” (Tan, 1990). First, formulate a question that can be answered by close reading and analysis of one text (text “A”). Select the excerpts you will use as evidence, highlighting portions of the text you might cite. Then, use the first text (text “A”) as a lens to analyze the second text (text “B”). How does the second text illuminate, challenge, or otherwise extend the analysis?


As a group, record the following on the Google Doc:

  • Frame: What question is answered by text “A” and how is it extended by text “B”? How can you use A as a lens through which to analyze B?
  • Grounds: What textual evidence is available from A and B to support your reasoning?
  • Thesis: Using your grounds from A and B, what meaningful argument can you build?
  • Linking: Write a paragraph linking A and B using transition strategies and/or phrases such as “similarly” or “alternatively” or “While A expresses X, B offers Y perspective.”


If you need access to the texts again, here are links:


 Assignment due Tuesday: Bring in 2-3 possible secondary texts to analyze in conjunction with the primary text you have selected.