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All About Writing: Reading Closely

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Reading Closely

Effective Reading

Reading Checklist

  • What is the main point? Is it clearly stated or implied?
  • What is the main purpose of the text?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • How is the main idea supported?
  • Is the evidence convincing?
  • Are multiple perspectives addressed? How do they differ? How are they the same?
  • Do any passages seem difficult to understand? Why?
  • How do historical or cultural contexts inform the text?