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Analysis Tools

To study well and learn any subject is to learn how to think.

Learning to think is to:

  • raise vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.

  • gather and assess information, using ideas to interpret that information insightfully.

  • come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.

  • recognize and assess different points of view and the assumptions, implications, and practical consequences of that perspective.

  • communicate effectively with others using the language of the discipline and that of educated public discourse.

  • relate what one is learning in a subject to other subjects and to what is significant in human life.

Teaching Students to Critique (Kennedy Center ArtsEdge) LINK

Using Primary Resources (Library of Congress) PDF  LINK



Artifact Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK

Object Analysis (Antiques RoadShow) PDF LINK

Analyzing Primary Sources (Library of Congress) PDF LINK


Books & Manuscripts

Analyzing Books and Other Printed Texts (Library of Congress) PDF LINK

Analyzing Manuscripts (Library of Congress) PDF  LINK

Document Analysis Worksheet WORD

Document Analysis PDF

Poetry Analysis PDF

Written Document Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK


Cartoons & Posters

Analyzing Political Cartoons (Library of Congress ) PDF LINK

Cartoon Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK

Poster Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK


Character Analysis

Character Analysis Worksheet 1 PDF

Character Analysis Worksheet 2 PDF



Analyzing Maps (Library of Congress) PDF LINK

Map Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK


Motion Pictures

Analyzing Motion Pictures (Library of Congress) PDF LINK

Anticipation Guide PDF

Motion Picture Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK

Film in the Classroom (Masterpiece Theater )PDF LINK


Oral Histories

Analyzing Oral Histories (Library of Congress) PDF LINK



Analyzing Photographs and Prints (Library of Congress) PDF LINK

Analyzing Photographs (Kennedy Center ArtsEdge) PDF  LINK

Photo Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK


Music and Sound

Analyzing Sheet Music and Song Sheets (Library of Congress) PDF LINK

Analyzing Sound Recordings (Library of Congress) PDF LINK

Lyrics Analysis Worksheet PDF

Musical Soundtrack Assignment Idea WORD

Sound Recording Analysis Worksheet (National Archives) PDF LINK





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Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis LINK

Organize Your Thinking to Critically Analyze Text LINK

Did you know?

"Analyze" is found at least 94 times in the

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

and 41 times in the Common Core Math Standards.


Here are a few samples...

  • Analyze and synthesize a multitude of ideas in various domains...

  • Analyze a problem in the community...

  • Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent...

  • Analyze relationships mathematically to draw conclusions...

  • Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic...

  • Generate and analyze patterns and relationships...

  • Students describe, analyze, and compare properties...

  • Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text...

  • Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors...

  • Analyze graphs

  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose...

  • Construct and analyze tables, graphs, etc.

  • Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text...

  • Analyze relationships

  • Analyze and solve equations

  • Analyze decisions and strategies

  • Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation...

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