Ebook: How to Become an Expert at Critical Analysis- The 6 Steps...

Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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37 pages
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In this world, it is extremely important to be critical thinkers while reading the news and other information online. There are many information sources that share information but have a political bias using exaggeration, skewed resources, and only sharing one side of the story. It can be difficult, but necessary, to identify the differences between fact and opinion. 

This e-book will take you or your students step-by-step through analyzing a nonfiction article. The first part will explain in detail how to answer the questions. The second part has a printable to practice critical analysis.

This can be used in high school, beginning college-level English, ESL, ELD, or home school. This could be used as a class resource or individual resource to prepare for a rhetorical analysis paper, rhetorical precis, or critical analysis paper. This could also be used to guide the discussion.

***Includes instructions and descriptions for each question and a 7-page worksheet packet for the students to fill in that is versatile to use with many texts and topics.

Thrive Write curriculum is dedicated to helping all students to have the resources and support they need to thrive in college writing.

Total Pages
37 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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