What follows are three sample paragraphs from students’ work on MLK’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Many past students have told me they learn to analyze quicker and in more depth when they see models of their peers’ work; so, here are three:
The above sample does an ideal job balancing language analysis with strength of argument by addressing how MLK’s language is likely to move the clergymen closer to his side of the issue.
This paragraph was from an 8 and does an ideal job using parallel structure and asserting how allusion works to move the clergy to question their original perspective on King’s protests being “extreme.”
And here’s one more student’s take on the allusion to Paul, and also from an 8 essay.