Chapter 3 Katie

How Do We Read Arguments?

Reading Strategies

  • Have a clear, specific purpose in mind every time you read
    • Why am I reading this, and what do I want to get out of it?
      • Am I reading to get a basic idea of what this is about?
      • Am I reading to learn and fully understand a concept?
      • Am I reading to analyze or criticize something?
  • You shouldn't read everything the same way
  • 3 Phases:
    • Previewing, reading, and reviewing
  • Previewing
    1. Before you read something, scan the table of contents, headings, tables, images, and key words so you can formulate tentative answers to these questions
      • What are the main ideas?
      • What is the writer trying to accomplish?
      • How does this reading connect to the course I'm taking?
    2. Skim quickly through the whole text, refining your sense of the main ideas
  • Reading
    1. If you encounter a confusing paragraph, stop and try to work out what the author is saying.
    2. Take notes while reading
    3. Write down your reactions to the argument
  • Reviewing
    • Stop reading and recall what you read
    • Repetition needs to happen in fairly quick succession after you first learn new material
      • Waiting longer between material is like starting all over
  • Reading Rhetorically
    • To read and analyze a text rhetorically, we break down the argument to see how it works, without judging or agreeing or disagreeing
      • How is the argument designed?
      • What choices did the author make in designing the argument?
      • Why did she make those choices?
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