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ArticleOne:TheImportanceofFineartsinEducation

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Paraphrase:Theartsareveryimportanttoouroveralleducation.
MainPoint:Weneedtoexperiencetheartsinalearningenvironment.
Inotherwords:Theartsaresomethingthatshouldbetaughtjustasimportantlyasthingslike
englishandsciencecourses.
Examples:Ihavelearnedmoreaboutmyselfinfouryearsofartthanihaveintwelveyearsof
myotherclasses.NotonlythatbutIhavelearnedthingspertinenttoothersubjectssuchas
perspectiveandhowtocreatemeaningfulworksofart.
Metaphorsect.:Artisliketravelingtheworld,ifyoustayinoneplaceallyourlifeyoudont
experienceothercultures,andworldlyevents.Ifyoudontexperienceartyoucantfully
understandadifferentperspectiveonthings,andhowotherpeoplereacttopiecesofart.

1.Themainpurposeofthisarticleisfortheauthortoexplainwhytheartsaresuchanintegral
partoflearning.
2.Thekeyquestionthattheauthorisaddressingishowaretheartsbeneficialtootherschool
subjects,andwhydoweneedtokeepthem.
3.Themostimportantinformationinthisarticleisthescientificresearchbackingupthe
correlationbetweenstudentswhopracticethearts,andtheirdisciplinaryworkethic.
4.Themaininferences/conclusionsinthisarticlearethathavingartincorporatedintodaily
schoollifecouldhelptheworkethicofstudents.
5.Thekeyideaweneedtounderstandinthisarticleisthatifkidshaveanoutletsuchasart
theyaremorelikelytoexcelinschool.
6.Themainassumptionunderlyingtheauthorsthinkingisthatschoolsdonthave,orhavevery
weakartprograms.
7.Ifa)wetakethislineofreasoningseriously,theimplicationsarethatschoolsmayhavetocut
otherprogramstosupportart.Ifb)wefailtotakethislineofreasoningseriously,the
implicationsarethatmanykidswonthaveanoutlet,oralternatesourceoflearning.
8.Themainpointofviewpresentedinthisarticleistheartsareveryimportantandshouldntbe
undervalued.

1.Doestheauthorclearlystatehisorhermeaning,oristhetextvague,confused,ormuddled
insomeway?Thetextisratherclearonwhatheistryingtoconvey.
2.Istheauthoraccurateinwhatheorsheclaims?Yes,theyusescientificstudiestobackup
theirclaims.
3.Istheauthorsufficientlypreciseinprovidingdetailsandspecificswhenspecificsare
relevant?Yes,theyuseexamples,andrelatethembacktothepointtheyaretryingtomake.
4.Doestheauthorintroduceirrelevantmaterial,therebywanderingfromhis/herpurpose?No,
mostofthetopicstalkedaboutarerelevanttotheoveralltheme.
5.Doestheauthortakeusintotheimportantcomplexitiesinherentinthesubject,oristhe
writingsuperficial?Yes,theauthortakesonthecomplexities,byrelatingittoscientificstudies,
andreferringtouniversityprofessors.

6.Doestheauthorconsiderotherrelevantpointsofview,oristhewritingoverlynarrowinits
perspective?Thewritingismorenarrowtowardswhathisviewsare.
7.Isthetextinternallyconsistent,ordoesthetextcontainunexplainedcontradictions?Thetext
isinternallyconsistent,anddoesntcontradictitself.
8.Isthetextsignificant,oristhesubjectdealtwithinatrivialmanner?Thetextseems
significant,andmanagestomakesomegoodpointsonthesubjectmatter.
9.Doestheauthordisplayfairness,ordoestheauthortakeaonesided,narrowapproach?The
authorisprettyonesidedbuttherearentmanyargumentstobemadeagainsthisclaim.