Critical Discourse Analysis Paper

Final Paper (Critical Discourse Analysis Paper) Guideline


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Purpose: The purpose of your paper is to illustrate your understanding of how the analytic concepts we have discussed in class are related to identity/ideology/power-work in language use by showing how the tools of analysis apply to the data you have collected.



  • The paper is to be 5-7 typed double-spaced pages and use 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • A strong paper will provide persuasive evidence for the claims that you make. Give examples of the points you are making. Make sure you avoid treating the instances as transparent evidence (that is, do not simply throw in examples and expect your readers to figure out what you are claiming through the examples). Provide an analysis in which you unpack how the examples you cite in your paper illustrate the point(s) you are making.
  • Make sure to define and cite each theoretical framework (i.e., “tools” of analysis as we have been discussing in our class) you are using in your paper.
  • Make sure to proofread your paper carefully before turning it in.
  • Use APA style. Refer to a good writing handbook for this.


Recommended structure for the paper:

  • Introduction (0.5-1 page)
    • Purpose of paper
    • What discursive practices you are analyzing (that is, introduce the data)
    • Your analytic focus (that is, what concepts will you be using?).
    • Preview of the parts of the paper (That is, something along the lines of “I will first do X, then I’ll do Y… Finally, I will conclude by pointing out Z…”)
  • Data collection and analysis (3-4 pages)
    • Briefly describe the nature of your data (when, where, how, how much, and why)
    • Present important data and make analytic claims about them (by using the tools we’ve discussed throughout our class)
    • Explain what your claims illustrate about the relationship between your data (examples) and their specific contexts
  • Discussion and Conclusion (1-2 pages)
    • Summarize your argument and key points
    • Evaluate and consider the implications of your analysis/findings (i.e., answer the “So what?” of your findings)
    • State any final thoughts and tie up any loose ends (for example, consider also the limitations to your findings)


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