Diversity and Equality in Sports and Leisure Management


Critical Analysis Essay

The purpose of this essay is to identify and analyze a significant issue or artifact in culture. First, you will identify an important issue or artifact in film, music, television, popular literature, sports and leisure, etc. Second, decide on a specific focus/thesis for your paper. In order to do so, you will need to do thorough research first to ensure that you understand the issue or artifact in its entirety. Finally, break down the issue into various components and analyze them in your essay.

Characteristics of the Critical Analysis Essay

A successful essay

provides an engaging introduction that offers the reader some background information on the historical/cultural significance of the topic.
presents a thesis that offers a sophisticated and nuanced analysis of the issue/artifact chosen.
supports the thesis through well-developed paragraphs that are organized strategically.
presents an objective stance by the use of third-person voice.
includes specific details and evidence from primary material
correctly integrates quotations and conforms to MLA documentation and format guidelines.

Essay Requirements
1100+ words (4-5 pages)
Minimum of three secondary sources, including at least one source accessed from TCC library
MLA format for presentation (typed, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font, 1” margins) and source documentation (in-text citations and Works Cited page)

Choose one of the following topic areas for the critical analysis paper and decide on a specific aspect of it.

popular literature
sports and leisure


Exploratory notes/Outlines

Suggested Organizational Structure

Introduction (one or two paragraphs)

Use a lead-in hook to engage your readers’ interest. You might use a striking quotation, an interesting statistic or fact, or a related current event. Whatever your choice, the lead-in must be clearly related to the focus you have selected to analyze.
Provide some background that will help your readers understand the focus of your discussion.
Include specific details and evidence from primary material (if applicable).
Present your thesis statement.

Body (minimum of six paragraphs)

Provide specific reasons that support your thesis. Ideally each reason should be developed separately.
Offer concrete examples that illustrate your reasons.
Ideally, your critical analysis should progress throughout the essay. You should organize your essay, consequently, that the most important and interesting support for your thesis comes towards the end.
Consider responding to other perspectives that might be different from yours and make an attempt at refuting or weakening such perspectives to further strengthen your thesis.
Pay attention to proper paragraph development by moving from a general idea (often in a topic sentence) to specific details via explanations and evidence/examples. Finish paragraphs with a clincher or closing sentence.
Transition properly from paragraph to paragraph to achieve overall coherence.

Conclusion (one or two paragraphs)

Restate your thesis in a fresh manner.
Try to leave with a lasting impression for the reader by calling for action or reminding the reader of the cultural significance of your approach/thesis.
Consider commenting on other media forms if they relate to your discussion.

5 Pages, MLA, 6 References

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