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Transcript of Critical Reading
When reading anything, it is important that we understand it completely. If we want to get the most out of it that we can, there are a few things to look for...
Title and Pictures
Does it have a title? What does the title tell us about the piece? What can we guess from it? Does the title tell us exactly what the piece is about, or is it just used to draw us in?
Once you have looked at the title and the pictures, read the text itself. Try to find out the following things:
was this written? Was it written to
, or for a completely different reason?
was this written? Was it written with an essay structure, a narrative structure or some other way? Was it in dot points or paragraphs? Was it in one big block of text, or were there lines dotted around?
Title and Pictures
Are there any pictures that go with the text? What do they tell us about the text? Are they there just to make it look good, or do they carry information, like a graph? What style of picture are they? Are they the kind you might find in a picture book, or in a newspaper, or in something completely different?
was this written for? Was it written for children or teenagers or adults? For rich people or poor people? For specialists or for laymen? What else can you tell about its target audience?
was this found? Was it in a newspaper, a newsletter, a book, a poster, a flyer or somewhere else? What does this say about its purpose and target audience?
Remember to ask yourself these questions when reading the texts:
As you read through it,
key words which help you to answer these questions, and so give you a better knowledge of the text.
Types of Languages
Informal or Colloquial (casual)
Formal language is
an academic form
of writing. This means that it is language where
. It also has a
touch of sophistication
Formal language is usually written in
No "I", "me"or "you".
Informal or Colloquial Language
Sophisticated language means
. These sophisticated words are sometimes words that
you would not use
An example of sophisticated language:
Haley discovered that she had a peculiar fascination for aquatic birds.
Informal or colloquial language is language that is used in
It can often use
does not include
Technical language is language that is used
If it were a poetry assignment, technical language would include:
If it was an article on science, technical language may include: