How to Read Critically - CRITICAL READING TOWARD CRITICAL...

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CRITICAL READING TOWARD CRITICAL WRITING Critical writing depends on critical reading. Most of the essays you write will involve reflection on written texts -- the thinking and research that have already been done on your subject. In order to write your own analysis of this subject, you will need to do careful critical reading of sources and to use them critically to make your own argument. The judgments and interpretations you make of the texts you read are the first steps towards formulating your own approach. CRITICAL READING: WHAT IS IT? To read critically is to make judgments about how a text is argued. This is a highly reflective skill requiring you to “stand back” and gain some distance from the text you are reading. (You might have to read a text through once to get a basic grasp of content before you launch into an intensive critical reading.) THE KEY IS THIS: -- don’t read looking only or primarily for information -- do read looking for ways of thinking about the subject matter When you are reading, highlighting, or taking notes, avoid extracting and compiling lists of evidence, lists of facts and examples. Avoid approaching a text by asking “What information can I get out of it?” Rather ask “How does this text work? How is it argued? How is the evidence (the facts, examples, etc.) used and interpreted? How does the text reach its conclusions? HOW DO I READ LOOKING FOR WAYS OF THINKING?
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2010 for the course ENGLISH ENG100H1S taught by Professor Prof during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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