Chapter 2
I. Become a critical reader (example—use readings from homework)
1. Where did the piece of writing come from and why was it written?
2. What is the writer’s central claim or thesis and what are the major points?
3. Can you trust the writer?
4. Re-read the text again to and ask yourself how does it work?

II. Look with a critical eye (example—political cartoon)
1. What kind of image or visual is it?
2. Who created this image (movie, TV program, advertisement, etc.)?
3. How does the image/visual appeal to the values of the audience?
4. Where and when did this image/visual appear?
5. What is it about?

III. Read Actively (example—page 16-7)
1. Annotate what you read
2. Map what you read
3. Make notes

IV. Recognize Fallacies (examples from the web)
1. Fallacies of logic
-Begging the question
-False analogies
-hasty generalization
-Non sequitur
-Post hoc fallacy
-Slippery Slope
2. Fallacies of emotion and language
-Bandwagon appeals
-Name calling
-Straw man

V. Respond as a reader
1. Make notes
2. Write summaries
3. Build on what you read (connect different ideas from different readings)--This is what we strive to do with the wiki. When you see something that interests you, go one step further and research
additional information on the subject/idea. Then share that information with others and build upon each others' knowledge.