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Reading Comp Wkshop notes - Reconciliation of two ideas:...

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Reconciliation of two ideas: Tip for this kind of passage: When two people, ideas, or theories are presented within the first paragraph, ask yourself why the author chose to include more than one viewpoint in her writing. Does she intend to support one over the other? Claim that both are valid, or both erroneous? Reconcile one with the other? In this type of passage, seek to establish the basis of the comparison and which side, if either, the author favors. The rest of the passage should fall into place. Rebuttal of Interpretation/Take issue with an interpretation: Tips for this kind of passage: When a passage begins with a "traditional" view, or a statement of what's "often" the case, watch out! Authors often cite such views up front as the basis for their subsequent opposition — in other words, as a setup for the author's assertion that the standard view is all wet. Anticipate as you read! Keywords are crucial in this respect: This passage is humming along in a descriptive way until the word "however" shows up in the middle of the third sentence. That "however" announces that the author has more than a simple description up his sleeve. Description: Tips for this kind of passage: Remember to read for structure first. Details can be located within the structure later if and when they become relevant. If the author describes a person or a person's views, don't confuse the author with the person he or she is describing. Keep 'em straight! If an author describes a viewpoint, always separate the author's demeanor from the tone of her topic. A passage may be about what is generally considered a passionate and controversial topic, yet the author's tone may be cool, dispassionate, and objective: "Just the facts, ma'am!" Questions asking about the author's style, tone or method will reflect this issue. Compare/Contrast: Tips for this kind of passage: Once a compare and contrast structure becomes evident, start focusing on points of difference and similarity between the two viewpoints. On what aspects do they
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differ? On what aspects are they similar? Are the two viewpoints essentially similar, or are they quite different or even contradictory? How To Identify Structure Now that we've identified the author's purpose and predicted some passage structures, let's take it a step further. How does the structure of a passage unfold, and how can it help us answer questions quickly and correctly? And, of course, how do we identify structure in the first place? Recall the following three points that appeared earlier in the lesson: anticipate at each moment where the author is likely to go; paraphrase the text as you read; and use Keywords to follow the author's train of thought. LSAT passages are well-organized structures. The ideas they communicate are arranged
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