Analyzing your choice of an article from Rereading America


Hopefully, your English Composition I instructor emphasized the significance of being an active reader and the value of
reading every day. Good writers are also avid readers. Their appreciation of reading has, in turn, helped them establish an
understanding of the way sentences and paragraphs work together, reinforce good spelling skills, and increase their
knowledge base with important and relevant information as well as trivial details.
Pages 9 – 13 of your Rereading America textbook provides an overview of the value of active reading. Likewise, pages 95
106 of The Everyday Writer emphasize the crucial steps in the process of critical reading.
Review the Overview of the Evaluation Essay document at the bottom of this folder, once again, if necessary. Then,
please read the article you have selected that somehow relates to the two films or videos you chose in assignments 1,#2
and 1 #3 last week. (Please note that you don’t have to necessarily cite this article in your upcoming papernyou can
choose another article online if you find one that is more relevant). Highlight key passages, circle and look up words you
don’t know, make notes in the margins. Then, answer the following questions:
1. Who is the author? What authority does he or she have to write this article?
2. What appears to be the thesis of the article. Please surround this sentence in direct quotations.
3. Identify three significant points the author makes about the subject?
4. Identify a piece of credible supporting evidence the author identifies to support at least one of these points: a statistic,
testimony from an expert, a compelling example, for instance.
5. Do you agree or disagree with the points the author is making? Why or why not?
6. Does this essay have value? Why or why not?
7. What relevance does this essay have to your film? Is there a passage you can use from this essay in your longer 3 – 4
page evaluation essay?
8. Provide a work-cited entry for this essay using model #11 for an anthology on page 540 of The Everyday Writer.