Analyzing an Editorial

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Whose opinion is being expressed?
Is the opinion in this part of the newspaper that of the editorial staff, of a local columnist or cartoonist, of a syndicated columnist or cartoonist, or of someone else?
What do you know about the person or people whose opinions are expressed?


What is the topic of the editorial and the opinion of the writer?
Why was this a noteworthy topic in 2014?


Do you need background information to understand the writer's points and evidence?
Where can you find reliable answers to questions to may have?


How does the writer make his/her point?
Logic? Humor? Emotional appeal? Something else? In what ways is the writer's technique effective?


Explain why you agree or disagree with the editorial.
Who might agree with or be persuaded by this editorial? Why?
What other views might someone else have? Why?