Elements of Critical Reading

I. READING. 1. Reading Across the Disciplines. 2. Elementary Rules of Reading. Examine organizational features. Know when the text was written. Adapt to the genre. Listen to the language. Become aware of contrast. Get to the heart of the matter. Sense what may be missing. II. INTERPRETING. 3. The Need to Discuss. 4. Five Ways of Interpreting a Text. A. The social perspective. B. The emotional perspective. C. The rhetorical perspective. D. The logical perspective. E. The ethical perspective. 5. Consolidating Your Views. 6. Using Perspectives across the Disciplines. III. JUDGING. 7. The Critic's Role. 8. Judging by Values You Respect. IV. WRITING. 9. Forms of Written Response. Notes. Journals. Critical essays. 10. Guidelines for Composition. Discover what you think. Use the text for evidence. Avoid plagiarism. Quote accurately. Do not draw exaggerated conclusions. Glossary of Rhetorical Terms. APPENDICES. A. Texts for Discussion. B. Critical Responses. Useful References. Index.

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