use the attached article to answer the questions.
Preview a written text.
1. Who is the author? What are the authorâ€™s credential?
2. What is the authors purpose: To inform? To persuade? To call to action?
3. Who is the expected audience?
4. Where was the text written? Where was is published?
5. What kind of text was it: A book? A report? A scholarly article? A policy memo?
Annotate a written text.
1. What surprises, puzzles, or intrigues you about the text?
2. What questions does the text attempt to answer? Or what problem does it solve?
3. What is the authorâ€™s thesis, or central claim?
4. What type of evidence does the author provide to support the thesis? How persuasive is this evidence?
Converse with a written text.
1. What are the strengths and limitations of the text?
2. Has the author drawn conclusions that you want to question? Do you have a different interpretation of the evidence?
3. Does the text raise questions that it does not answer?
4. Does the author consider opposing points of view and treat them fairly?
Ask the â€œSo what?â€ question.
1. Why does the authorâ€™s thesis need to be argued, explained, or explored? Whatâ€™s at stake?
2. What has the author overlooked in presenting this thesis? Whatâ€™s missing?
3. Could a reasonable person draw different conclusions about the issue?
4. To put an authorâ€™s thesis to the â€œSo what?â€ test, use phrases like the following: The authorâ€™s overlooks this important point: â€¦ and The authorâ€™s argument is convincing because . . ..