Critical Reading Questions(2)

Critical Reading Questions(2) - adequately address the...

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1. What question is posed by the author? 2. Thesis/position/argument What is the primary argument made by the author? Where do you first find the argument? What language indicates to you that this is the primary argument? 3. Context Why is the argument significant? What other positions does the author indicate are debated regarding the topic? When was the article written? Where was it published? Who was the intended audience? 4. Evidence What evidence does the author offer in support of the position put forth? (Identify all pieces of evidence you find.) What is the nature of each supporting evidence? For example, is it based on empirical research, ethical consideration, common knowledge, anecdote? How convincing is the evidence? For example, does the research design
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Unformatted text preview: adequately address the question posed (#1 above)? Are the ethical considerations adequately explored and assessed? Have you read/heard anything on this subject that confirms or challenges the evidence? 5. Counter arguments What arguments made in opposition to the authors views were described? Were these arguments persuasively refuted? What evidence was used in the refutation? 6. Effectiveness What were the strengths of the article? Was it difficult to read and understand? If so, why? If not, why not? Were you able to follow the moves of the article from thesis to evidence, for example? Did the structure of sentences and paragraphs and the overall organization guide you and help you follow the authors intent? Did all the material seem relevant to the points made?...
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2010 for the course UWP 1 taught by Professor Braun during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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