Element identify analyze



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ELEMENT

IDENTIFY

ANALYZE

Speaker


Mark Twain – well-known author, satirist and humorist




Occasion


On being asked to write something ‘for today’s youth’




Audience


The youth AND adults of his era/readership




Purpose


To satirize the adult community in its efforts to always insult and dismiss the youth




Subject (matter)


Advice to Youth




Tone (attitude)


Sarcastic/Satirical




SOAPSTone is an acronym for a method of analyzing non-fiction essays, speeches, etc. Each letter represents something every writer and reader should consider. Let’s use Mark Twain’s “Advice to Youth” as an example of using SOAPStone to improve our understanding of a work of non-fiction.


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