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Critiquing Arguments

A text is defined as any reading, image, or film assigned for this class.

1. What are the credentials of the author? Take a moment to Google the author’s name. Is there
anything you learned about the author that might influence how you read the text?

2. Briefly summarize the text’s thesis.

3. Which of the author’s claims do you agree with? Explain.

4. Which of the author’s claims do you disagree with? Explain.

5. What is your most serious criticism of the text? Your criticism should be a fair criticism, not
just a matter of personal taste—for example, avoid criticizing a text for being too long or using
difficult words. Instead you might consider whether the text fails to consider certain aspects of
the topic, fail to adequately support claims or whether the author makes assumptions or
claims that seem untrue to you.