- Reading Summaries (developing critical reading and writing skills): This assignment will also be used to develop a habit of critical reading that ultimately will enable critical writing skills and research.
- Critical reading is a process of analyzing, interpreting and, sometimes, evaluating. When we read critically, we use our critical thinking skills to QUESTION both the text and our own reading of it.
- Its pages 19-68
- Needs to be 1 full page of a reading review
here is a sample of how the reading summery needs to be done!
Purpose: Authors put forward and establish a certain point of view through their writing. What you read might at first seem very convincing, but you as the reader, always need to actively evaluate the validity and strength of the argument being presented. In this section I ask you to briefly reflect on the author’s purpose. Write the purpose in your own words, without quotes. The following questions might help you to “find” the purpose of each reading:
Is the author defending a particular viewpoint?
Is there a particular philosophic tradition used to inform the author’s work?
For what audience is this material intended?
Strategy: Writers employ what are known as ‘textual strategies’ to convey meaning and establish credibility. In this section, please describe the primary strategy used by the author to demonstrate or support their purpose.
Examples of strategies might include: what particular narrative device is being used; statistical analysis, historical data analysis.
Summary: Briefly summarize the major conclusions drawn in the article or book.
You might simply bullet the following:
What is the main theme (thesis or argument) in the material?
What main points are used to justify or support this theme?
What explanation or evidence is used to support the main points?
Does the evidence seem well researched and accurate?