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  • Analyzing
    of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Analyzing A nalyzing a text means breaking it down into its parts to find out how these parts relate to one another Being aware of the functions of various parts of a piece of writing and their relationship to one another and the overall piece can

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  • Re-reading
    Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Re reading R e reading is a crucial part of the critical reading process Good readers will reread a piece several times until they are satisfied they know it inside and out It is recommended that you read a text three times to make as much meaning as you can The First Reading The first time you read a text skim it quickly for its main ideas Pay attention to the introduction the opening sentences of paragraphs and section headings if there are any Previewing the text in this way gets you off to a good start when you have to read critically The Second Reading The second reading should be a slow meditative read and you should have your pencil in your hand so you can annotate the text Taking time to annotate your text during the second reading may be the most important strategy to master if you want to become a critical reader The Third Reading The third reading should take into account any questions you asked yourself by annotating the margins You should use this reading to

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  • Responding
    Assignment Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Responding R esponding to what you read is an important step in understanding what you read You can respond in writing or by talking about what you ve read to others Here are several ways you can respond

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  • Critically Reading Assignment Sheets
    Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Critically Reading Assignment Sheets I t is important to have read your assignment sheet critically before you begin to write Consider the following things Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the

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  • Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully
    Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully You may want to annotate your assignment sheet like you would any other piece of writing Look for key terms like analyze interpret argue summarize compare contrast explain etc These terms will tell you your purpose for writing Be sure to know how your instructor is using key words on the

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  • Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay, and other Requirements
    other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Be sure to have a firm grasp on what you must do to meet the requirements of the assignment Know how long the essay must be because this will affect the thesis and focus of the paper Short papers

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  • Plan your Time Well
    Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Plan your Time Well Know when the assignment due date is and be sure to allow enough time for all thinking reading researching drafting and revising Be aware of your instructor s policy on due dates

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  • Reading for Meaning
    persuade to negotiate or other purpose Is the overall purpose clear or muddled How did the essay or text actually affect you did the author s purpose succeed How does the author want to affect or change the reader Was the author s actual purpose different from the stated purpose II Audience Reader Who is the intended audience Are you part of the intended audience What assumptions does the author make about the reader s knowledge or beliefs Does the author talk to or talk down to the reader From what context or point of view is the author writing III Thesis and Main Ideas What question or problem does the author address Where is the thesis stated What is the author s thesis Are the main ideas actually related to the thesis What main ideas are related to the thesis Do key passages convey a message different from the thesis What are the key moments or key passages in the text What assumptions about the subject or about culture does the author make Are there problems or contradictions in the essay What bothers or disturbs you about the essay Where do you agree or disagree IV Organization and Evidence Where does the author preview the essay s organization Where did you clearly get the author s signals about the essay s organization How does the author signal new sections of the essay Where were you confused about the organization What kinds of evidence does the author use personal experience descriptions statistics other authorities analytical reasoning or other What evidence was most or least effective Where did the author rely on assertions rather than on evidence V Language and Style What is the author s tone casual humorous ironic angry preachy distant academic or other Did the tone support or

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