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Introduction to Critical Reading and Writing

Unleash your inner critic.

Critical reading and writing. Contrary to popular belief, it's not flying through the latest pot-boiler only to post a scathing review of the author's comma placement on Amazon (though we've been known to do that). It's not even texting your BFFL about how OMG hilarious those critical reviews of the banana slicer are (although we've been known to do that, too).

What it is:

  • Paying attention while you're reading.
  • Using all the stuff you noticed as you were paying attention while you were reading to write about what you just read.

Of course, as most things in life tend to be, it's just a little more complicated than that. This course unpacks it for you. In it, you'll learn how to pre-read for maximum comprehension, what kinds of stuff you should pay attention to as you're reading, and how to turn everything you learn using all that good critical reading into a basic polished essay.

And if you want to use everything you learn here to write the next hilarious critical Amazon product review, you can definitely do that, too.

Course Breakdown

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Unit 1. Introduction to Critical Reading and Writing

This course is designed for students who have never read or written critically before. We start by going over the basics of how to analyze, assess, and summarize arguments and then transition into teaching students to form their own arguments. Our goal is to ease students into the writing process by giving them a generalizable template for critical writing. We like to think of it as the solid foundation from which your students can launch into other, more improvisatory argumentative writing without crashing.


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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • College Prep
    • English
    • Humanities
    • Writing

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