The Quick and Easy Guide to Reading Essays


Readers read in different ways for different reasons. You can read for enjoyment, for guidance, for distraction or for practice. In each of these cases, you can relax and leave the driving to the author. But the reader in a writing class cannot read casually. It takes attention, critical skills and practice to read an essay well enough to write about it. However, there are certain strategies that can help you do just that.

Suggestions for Critical Reading

Start Your Own Essay

You should now have the basic elements necessary to write your own essay, either in response to the one you have just read, or inspired to a new subject because of your reading. You have a thesis, perhaps in rough form, to build your essay around. Your questions and challenges will point to arguments of your own to develop and present. Make sure to cite the elements in the essay you read if you use them in your own work. And remember, someone will be reading your essay as well.
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Written By: George Knox © 1999