Writer's Notebook

Analyze and Interpret

To analyze means to study something closely and carefully.  It is to learn that nature and relationship of the parts of a whole. 

To interpret means to explain or tell the meaning of something; we usually need to use inference to make realistic or plausible interpretations.  

Inference is the thinking process used to come to a conclusion using known and logical evidence. 

Student writing can move beyond simply summarizing and into areas that sharpen the writer's ability to think and the reader's ability to understand.