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Lecture 8

MODR 1760 Lecture 8: module 3 passage analysis


Department
Modes Of Reasoning
Course Code
MODR 1760
Professor
Cael D.Zorn
Lecture
8

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MODR1760A & C SU17 Session 14 June 19 Passage Analysis Steps
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MODULE 2 - PASSAGE ANALYSIS STEPS
Adapted from Saindon & Krek, Critical Thinking, p. 213, Table 8.1
1. Read, annotate and clarify the passage.
2. Portray the basic argument structure and meaning of concepts in the
passage.
3. Assess the arguments and use of concepts.
STEP 1:
READ, ANNOTATE AND CLARIFY THE PASSAGE
Skim for meaning, purpose, and conclusion.
Read the passage over once from beginning to end without marking it up.
Read for detail and annotate the article
Draw a line separating each paragraph of the article.
Number each paragraph.
Underline or highlight the main point (topic sentence) of each
paragraph. Do not over highlight. Indicate only the most main points.
Indicate the main or central concepts by circling, underlining,
highlighting.
Clarify the meaning of key concepts, phrases and claims. Highlight,
circle or underline any words that you do not know the meaning of.
Look these words up in the dictionary. Write the definition in the
margin of the article or insert definition in body of the text.
Put boxes around logical indicator words.
Make notes in the margins about your response to the article; for
example, your thoughts, emotional reaction, questions, confusions,
interesting points, and so on.
Create a Summary of the Passage
Type out each of the main points for each numbered paragraph.
STEP 2:
PORTRAY THE BASIC ARGUMENT AND CONCEPTUAL STRUCTURE IN THE PASSAGE.
Identify the main conclusion of the passage.
Diagram the main argument in Standard Argument Form.
Identify the two main concepts around which the passage turns.
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