For 24.11.17

Reading McAfee more closely

  1. Rhetorical Analysis Create active/reporting verbs for each paragraph (last week’s assignment)
  2. Outlining In your MS Word outline, type these keywords one level higher than the McAfee text
  3. Report Structures Then, below the text, use these active verbs to set up a report structure with three dots (so you know what you are looking for)
  4. Analysis and Interpretation Below that half sentence, list your interpretations of the text
  5. Reporting Then finish your sentence, your report on each paragraph and you are don

Discussion (my illustration)

  1. Rhetorical Analysis. The question is, “what is the author saying and doing when he writes,” which means you step back from what he says as facts or information to identify instead what he is doing to persuade you to think in a certain way: rhetoric is persuasion
  2. Outlining We are using the outline structure to work systematically and in slow motion, piece by piece, so we might improve our reading and note-taking methods: later, you’ll do this automatically and most of the time much faster
  3. Report Structures are a powerful way to distinguish what the author is saying from what you might think about it and thereby set you up to explore multiple interpretations and alternatives; without this critical distance students typically present opinions as facts and what others say as their own thoughts — not a good idea
  4. Analysis and Interpretation is what you do when you read the text three or more times, explore multiple meanings, and so understand it better, clarify your thought, and make it meaningful and thereby memorable
  5. Reporting is a fine way to summarize the article in small, bite-sized pieces, because in this process you figure out what it is about, what it means to you, and how to express this directly and to the point; going this now will lead you later to write up not “what is,” but what you’ve studied and concluded, and that habit will help you prepare for professional life