Exactly What Is Critical Reading?

January 2004
Literary Cavalcade;Jan2004, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p33
This article focuses on Critical Reading and how most students don't particularly like the Critical Reading Section on Standardised Tests. The author says reading on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) is different from reading for pleasure. On the SAT one must read passively. In every critical reading passage on the SAT, the author makes an argument of some type. The job of the reader is to keep track of this argument by identifying two things, the author's main idea and the evidence that supports it. The author's main idea is the main point the author is trying to get across. The evidence could be dates, facts, figures, or anecdotal observations. There will only be one main idea in the SAT critical reading passage, but there will be many supporting details. At the end of the article some test questions are given on which the students can practice.


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