Critical Reading Discussion

Critical Reading Discussion:

Note: Before you can complete this assignment, make sure that you have read Kyle Wiens’ “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why”

Two key parts of critical reading include reading actively and understanding what you read.

For this discussion, answer ALL of the following:

  1. When you read actively you read for comprehension, for understanding. To do that, you must first be sure you understand the writer’s main point. Often readers mistake a work’s title for the main idea; the two are not necessarily the same. Sometimes readers insert their own opinions/experiences and fail to understand what the author was saying. Read Kyle Wiens article more than once if needed to make sure you understand it. What did you determine was the main point of Wiens’ article? In other words, what is he attempting to convince you of?
  2. Re-read any passages in the article that you found difficult to understand or parts that you did not completely comprehend. After all, you can’t have an opinion on the article if you don’t completely understand it. Explain whether you agree or disagree with Wiens’ article. Make sure to move beyond a simple “I agree” or “I disagree”. Explain why you agree or disagree. It’s okay to disagree with some parts and agree with others, but be specific about what those parts are and why you disagree or agree. Remember: you have to understand what the author intended originally before you can agree or disagree with it.
  3. In your answer to this part of the prompt, find and include one specific quote from Wiens’ article to show either an aspect of the work you agreed with or an aspect you disagreed with. Include a reference (or works cited) at the end of your response. If you are not quite sure what a reference (or works cited) is, click on the following link: MLA Works Cited

Do your best with the reference—your grade won’t be affected if you get this part wrong. This is my attempt to find out how much you already know about citing sources.

        1. Grading: Your initial post should be at least 300 words. If it is less than 300 words, points will be deducted. The initial post is worth 60 points and should post before 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. Reply to two classmates. Each reply should be at least 150 words and is worth 20 points. Make the reply something of substance (more than “good job” or “I like what you wrote”). Replies that do not add substantive content will have points deducted.

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