Week 8 - Writing a Book Review

Week 8 - Writing a Book Review - Week 8 Writing a Book...

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Week 8 Writing a Book Review Unit 2 – Writing and Reading Critically
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Recognizing evidence (LBH, pgs. 184-192) Whenever you are critically analyzing something, you need to recognize how the author uses evidence. Of course, whenever you’re writing something, you also must choose your evidence carefully.
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Recognizing evidence The first step in recognizing evidence is determining what type of evidence has been used. Facts Can these facts be verified? Are they accurate? How easily can they be verified? Have any important facts been omitted? Are these facts representative of current thinking? Are these facts directly related to the claim?
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Recognizing evidence Examples Does this example support the author’s claim? Is the example evidential? How does it support the person’s claim? Is the example too personal? In other words, is the example a truly unique experience or is it a common experience that happens to most people?
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Recognizing evidence Expert opinions Is the person actually an expert? How did this person obtain his or her expertise? Is the person an expert in a field related to the subject? Is the author’s opinion logical? Just because he or she is an expert doesn’t mean the expert is always right.
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Recognizing evidence Appeals How is the author appealing to the audience? What kind of appeal is it? An ethical, logical, or emotional appeal? Is the appeal reasonable? Is the author trying to take advantage of the reader through the appeal?
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Testing evidence A few important ways to test the effectiveness of evidence are Is it accurate? Is it relevant to the author’s claim? Is the information used by the author representative of its whole? Does it represent the source’s general point? Or has a quote been taken out of context or only one sample been used? Is it adequate? Is it enough? Or is it insufficient, vague, or lacking detail?
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Supporting your claims Whenever you make a claim, you must support it with facts, statistics, textual evidence, expert testimony, or some other type of evidence.
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Unsupported claims – ugh! The next few slides reveal examples of
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2010 for the course WRIT 200 taught by Professor O'neil during the Spring '10 term at Arizona Western College.

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