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    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.

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    Check your syllabus. What assignments are coming up that you will apply analysis of nonfiction to? When will these be due?

    This page titled 5.3: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF NONFICTION is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Fran Bozarth.

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