Critical Reading: Asking Questions Outline Research Paper
The following is an example you can use in preparing for a critical reading college based class. Critical Reading: Asking Questions Outline Research Paper. Check with your instructor if in doubt with any paper before you start writing the paper.
- Questions to ask before you begin a close reading of a text
Questions Concerning the Author
- Who is the author?
- What are the author’s credentials?
- What else has the author written on the topic?
- What possible biases might have influenced the author’s work?
Questions Concerning the Publication
- In what regard is the publication held by professionals in the field?
- Toward what type of readership is the publication aimed?
- How long ago was the piece published?
- What, generally, is the editorial stance of the publication
Questions concerning your own views on the topic
- What are my beliefs?
- How open am I to new ideas on this topic?
2. Questions to ask while you Read or Reread the material
Questions concerning the audience of the piece
- What audience does the author seem to be trying to reach?
- What type of reader would be attracted to the author’s writing, and what type would be alienated by it?
- How does your sense of the text’s audience influence your reading of the piece?
Questions concerning the purpose of the piece
- What was the author’s purpose in writing the piece?
- What is the author’s thesis?
- Does the author successfully achieve his or her goals?
Questions concerning the content of the piece
- What are the author’s major assertions or findings?
- How does the author support these assertions or findings?
Questions concerning the organization of the piece
- How is the material organized?
- What headings and subheadings does the author provide?
- What does the organization of the essay tell you about the author’s view of the material?
- What gets stressed as a result of the organization?
Questions concerning author’s sources
- How does the author use other people’s ideas or findings?
- How credible are the sources the author uses to support his ideas or findings?
Questions concerning graphics in the piece
- How clear are the charts, graphs, tables, or illustrations the author provides?
- How well does the author explain the graphics?
- How well do the graphics support or explain what the author has to say?
Questions concerning your reactions and responses to the piece
- How do I feel about the topic, issues, or findings addressed in the reading?
- What is convincing? What is unclear?
- What ideas in the piece contradict my understanding of the topic?
- What ideas in the piece are new to me? Which ones do I accept and which ones do I reject?