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Responding to Other's Writing
Transcript of Responding to Other's Writing
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What Do They say
Divide the text into parts to understand the whole
Be sure you are clear about the main ideas
Consider the author's perspective
Notice the style and tone
How Do They Say It
How effective is the text overall?
What makes it effective or ineffective? (Consider the purpose, audience, and thesis here.)
Does the author use the best approaches to reach his/her audience?
Is there writing style and organization easy to understand?
Does the author use effective examples and evidence?
Three Ways to Respond
Agree and Disagree
It is not enough to simply say "I agree"--you must explain why.
Agree--with a difference. Bring something new to the table.
Be sure to highlight some difference between your point and theirs.
Ex. I agree that _____ because of my experience with _____.
Ex. Author X is certainly right about _____ because recent studies have shown _____.
Ex. Author X's theory about _____ is extremely useful because it sheds light of the problem of _____.
Ex. While it is true that _____, I also think that this is important because _____.
Offer persuasive reasons for why you disagree--the author's thesis, evidence, assumptions, or incomplete logic.
Ex. Author X is mistaken because she overlooks _____.
Ex. Author X's claim that _____ rests on a questionable assumption about _____.
I disagree with X's view that _____ because _____.
Agree and Disagree
There's no need to take one side or the other. You can agree and disagree simultaneously.
This approach helps us get beyond the "is not"/"is too" polarized argument.
Ex. Although I disagree with what much of Author X says about _____, I fully endorse his conclusion that _____.
Ex. Though I concede that _____, I still insist that _____.
Author X is right that _____, but she seems on more dubious ground when she claims that _____.
While Author X is probably wrong when she argues _____, she is definitely right when admits _____.