Critical Analysis Template

Critical Analysis Template

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Critical Analysis Template
In a critical analysis essay you systematically evaluate a work’s effectiveness including what it does well and
what it does poorly. It can be used to discuss a book, article or even a film. You must read the piece carefully
and may need to look up terms or concepts you are unfamiliar with or research related reading prior to writing
your essay.

state the title of the work, the author’s name and the date of publication
outline main ideas of the book and identify the author’s thesis
state your own thesis statement and your main idea about the work

The novella, The Metamorphisis, by Frank Kafka is an excellent story because the
The article “Narratives of intercultural transformation” by Ingrid Adams is
informative and insightful because the author…


briefly outline the main ideas of the book, article or film
should involve who, what, where, when, why and how
you may also choose to discuss the structure, style or point of view

This book is about…
The setting is…
The main character…
The theme is…


The author argues that…
The research was…
The main points are…
The authors conclude…

critically state what you like and do not like about the book, article or film
explain your ideas with specific examples from the book, article or film
assess whether the author has achieved their intended goal
the analysis may look at whether the work is

focused , understandable, persuasive, clear, informative
original, exciting, interesting, well-written
directed at the appropriate audience, meeting the purpose
well researched, with appropriate conclusions, and more…

The analysis is made up of several different paragraphs.


restate your thesis in new words
summarize your main ideas if possible with new and stronger words
include a call to action for your reader


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