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Ch 2 critique

  1. 1. Ch 2: Critical Reading & Critique<br />
  2. 2. Evaluating Persuasive Writing<br />Are the terms clearly defined, when necessary?<br />Is the information fair & recent?<br />Does the information represent what it is intended to represent?<br />
  3. 3. Are there logical fallacies?<br />Emotionally loaded terms: words that influence the reader (ex. horrible, bright)<br />Ad Hominem argument: attacking the person<br /> (ex. sexist pig, idiot)<br />Faulty cause & effect: the first event does not necessarily cause the second<br />
  4. 4. Either/or reasoning: presenting only 2 options when, in reality, more exist<br />Hasty generalization: drawing a conclusion without enough evidence<br />False analogy: comparing two things that are not really comparable<br />
  5. 5. Circular Reasoning: assuming your opinion to be fact; restating the opinion as a “reason”<br />Non Sequitur: drawing a conclusion that is not necessarily true<br />Oversimplification: offering an easy solution to a complicated problem<br />
  6. 6. Step 1:<br />Identify and evaluate the author’s purpose(reason for writing)<br />a) Writing to INFORM...<br /> Is information accurate? Significant? Fair?<br />b) Writing to PERSUADE...<br /> Are terms clearly defined? Is information used fairly? Are there logical fallacies?<br />
  7. 7. Step 2: <br />Identify the article’s strengths & weaknesses<br />Is the writing clear or confusing & repetitive?<br />Is the article well-organized or disorganized?<br />Are the assumptions correct or incorrect?<br />Are the examples solid or weak?<br />Is the support useful or not?<br />Is the article free of fallacies or not?<br />Does the writer state his/her point well or weakly?<br />In the end, do you agree with the point this article makes? Why or why not?<br />
  8. 8. Step 3:<br />Write the outline<br />I. Intro—title, when & where published, author & credentials, author’s purpose and intended audience<br />II. Summarize the article<br />III. Body Paragraph 1—strengths (Where does the writer succeed in his/her purpose?)<br />IV. Body Paragraph 2—weaknesses (Where does the writer fail in his/her purpose?)<br />V. Body Paragraph 3—personal response (Do you agree with author’s point? Why or why not?)<br />VI. Conclusion—restate author’s points and summarize your opinions<br />

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