Being a critical reader allows you to understand and evaluate the arguments of a piece of writing by recognizing the position an author takes on the subject, the major supporting details and minor supporting details used to develop it. If you can recognize these, you can consider if the author has in fact supported a main idea.
As important as evaluating how authors develop arguments is your ability to evaluate the credibility of what you read. If you can determine an author’s possible bias or unreliable sources, question where information appears in print and on the Web, and insist on current, reliable information by trustworthy authors, then you can trust what you read.
In a world with more and more publications in print and posted online, insist on well supported arguments and the most reliable information. Critical reading can help you decide who and what to trust for yourself.
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