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PEA - Point, Evidence & Analysis


At Brighton High School, we encourage students to become proficient writers by using a writing technique called PEA or Point, Evidence & Analysis. This technique asks students to establish a point or argument, provide evidence to support their point, then follow it up with analysis of why the the information being supplied and supported is important in proving the stated point or argument being made. Students who use this technique of writing will become proficient writters in all subjects at school as well as in their future endeavors.

Below you will find more information explaining the PEA process as well as some tools to assist your student in becoming proficient writters.

PEA Paragraph Checklist

Students should consider having the following items when they write a paragraph:

Category Requirements to Consider
Content and Organization
Student begins writing with a point (opinion statement) that answers the prompt.
Student provides at least two pieces of evidence that support his/her point (evidence may include quotations, facts, and/or personal experiences; however, one piece of evidence MUST be from a literary source).
Student includes analysis for each piece of evidence that shows critical thinking.
Student has explained ideas in a logical order.
Style and Fluency
Sentences are fluent and easy to understand.
Student transitions between ideas smoothly.
Evidence is introduced sufficiently.
Student uses vocabulary and a writing style that is appropriate for the audience that he/she is addressing.
Language Usage
Few, if any, spelling and grammatical errors.
Writing is readable and shows evidence of proofreading.
Evidence is correctly documented.

Using the PEA Writing Method

Step Important Questions Evidence
POINT What is your point? The point is YOU! Your stance, your opinion. Stance
Opinion
Hypothesis
Proposition
Belief
Argument
Topic sentence
Thesis
Main idea
Main Statement
EVIDENCE Evidence is the world… it is what we look at to draw our conclusions. Support
Proof
Experiment Results
Data
Background
Knowledge
Behavior
Quote
Chart
ANALYSIS Analysis EXPLAINS how we see the evidence How do you SEE the evidence?
How does your evidence PROVE your point?
What does the evidence MEAN?
Why does the evidence MATTER?
Interpret it!
Connect it!
Move it to the bigger picture!
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