mardi 19 mars 2013

A template

Short synopsis
Personal response
Why is it important (or not important)?
What is the author trying to say?
How does the author say what they’re trying to say?
What evidence do they use?
What style of argument are they making?
How are they positioning themselves?
Why is the author’s point important? If you can figure out why the author felt he or she needed to write the article or book in your hands, you’re a good way towards figuring out what they’re trying to say.
What contribution does the work make to the author’s discipline, to our understanding of society or the world?
What problems are they trying to solve?
Do you agree or disagree with the author? Why?
Who was influenced by it, or influenced it?
How does this work connect with other works?
What’s new about it (or, if it’s an older work, what was new when it was published)?
What disciplinary debates is the author engaging?
How does this work build on, or refute, earlier works by other authors?
How does it fit with the author’s other work?
What other work is the one you’re reading like?
What is the social context of the work?
What kind of person wrote it, and for what kind of audience?
What historical events shaped the author’s perceptions and ideas?
How was their world different from yours, and how was it similar?
Questions raised by the text
Challenge your reading material:
What does the material leave unanswered?
What undermines the conclusions reached?

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