Reading and thinking critically is a process. Deep comprehension of information requires your full use of the reading process, as well as time and patience.
Tips for high level comprehension
- Give yourself adequate time to use the reading process.
Plan on marking up the text or making extensive notes.
Accurately summarize the information to assure you have the message right
Be attentive to your responses as you read.
Process the information in a way that is useful to you (graphic organizer, notes, outline, etc.)
Analyze to determine not only what the author directly/literally says, but also for what the author indirectly says.
Determine the value of this information for your purposes.
Your instructor will provide a persuasive text for this activity.
Work with a partner/small group to evaluate this text. Use the checklist for Evaluating Information found in the Course Resources section of this book.
Check your syllabus. What assignments are coming up that you will apply analysis of nonfiction to? When will these be due?