Analysis Practice: The Homework Argument

To continue our exploration into the ways language (e.g. style and structure) are used depending on context (e.g. purpose, audience, text-type, etc.) and to convey meaning, we are going to compare two texts that explore the homework debate!


Text One: From ASCD.org

Text 1: Special Topic / The Case For and Against Homework

About ASCD (quote from their homepage): “ASCD is a global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Our innovative solutions empower educators to promote the success of each child.”


Text Two: From wonderopolis.org

Text 2: Why do we have homework?

Here’s what wonderopolis say they’re about on their about page: “Welcome to Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.”


Your Task:

  1. Read both of these articles.
  2. Choose one and begin the analysis process by making notes on the meaning, context and stylistic devices
    1. e.g. iPACT
      1. ideas/meaning, purpose, audience, other context, text-type
  3. Share your notes with other students who analysed the same text.
  4. Form a group or partnership with a student (or students) who analysed the other text. Work together to compare and contrast the texts. Discuss why these devices might be similar or different (consider context and meaning).
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