Moves for Providing Commentary

Your commentary can take many forms.  Which form you employ depends on the evidence and the points you are trying to make.  The commentary may be as follows:

  • Explaining or clarifying a point
  • Inferring from facts
  • Drawing own conclusions
  • Extrapolating from parallel contexts
  • Showing implications
  • Showing effects of a problem/issue
  • Showing causes of a problem/issue
  • Reiterating pertinent information or points
  • Linking information to larger issue and/or main thesis
  • Comparing unfamiliar issue to a familiar one to increase understanding
  • Contrasting/juxtaposing issues to sharpen argument by making distinctions clearer
  • Others