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Critical Reading Journal 2

*Questions adapted from Pamela Flash 2010

What is this tool? This tool guides students through the process of completing a deeper level of critical reading.

Why might you find this tool useful? By now, students are used to your critical expectations. This tool is useful in that it reinforces skill learned in Critical Reading Journal 1, while also encouraging students to sharpen their critical reading skill. This tool drives students toward performing more sophisticated level of thinking and interacting with course materials.

Set-up (instructor notes)
Point out to students the ways audience and context often influence the ways we construct debatable arguments by using a segment from course texts.

Prompt: Use________(e.g. Tracy Ore's "Maintaining Inequalities") to answers critical questions below. Be prepared to share your answers in class.

Due: Next class

Evaluation: This assignment will be evaluated using the check system.

HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THE QUESTION THE AUTHOR IS ATTEMPTING TO ANSWER? TO WHOM?


IS THE AUTHOR'S CENTRAL CLAIM OR THESIS DEBATABLE?


WHAT CAN WE ASSUME ABOUT THE TEXT'S HISTORICAL AND DISCIPLINARY CONTEXTS?


WHAT DOES THE AUTHOR'S TONE AND STYLE OF WRITING INDICATE ABOUT HER/HIS EXPECTATIONOF THE READER?


WHAT IS THE AUTHOR'S APPARENT PURPOSE IN WRITING?

  • Provide information?
  • Demonstrate knowledge?
  • Persuade readers of the merit of an idea/change readers' way of thinking?
  • To express herself or himself?