Critical Reading Tool

How to foster a critical approach to reading texts
Flatart, Iconfinder, edited by Samuel Whitcomb

This tool contains exercises meant to foster a critical approach to reading texts. It can, for example, be used with students during a course while they read (and search for) literature, so that they learn to critically assess the positionality of the authors and arguments of the readings. From which position(s), and from which perspective(s) do particular knowledges emerge? What are the underlying assumptions and perspectives of a text and how do these relate to your own?

The tool has three exercises which address three elements to reading text critically:

This exercise is split into 2 parts:

  1. Locate and explain the argument
  2. Assess your first reaction(s) to the text

This exercise is split into 2 parts:

  1. Look at the author to find underlying perspective

  2. Look at the words to find underlying perspectives

This exercise showcases two methodologies to go about reading a text critically:

  1. Reading with the author and understanding the author's perspective
  2. Reading the author critically and engaging the author in an imaginary dialogue

This tool was created by Kathrine van den Bogert, Elke Linders and Nicole Sanches from Utrecht University.

You can find the link to the Critical Reading Tool here.

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