Template for Analyzing the Logic of an Article
(This works for essays, articles, chapters in books, films, and larger works, as well.)
1.The main purpose of this article is _______________. (State as accurately as possible the author’s purpose for writing the article.)
2.The key question that the author is addressing is __________. (Figure out the key question in the mind of the author when s/he wrote the article.)
3.The most important information in this article is __________. (Figure out the facts, experiences, data the author is using to support her/his conclusions.)
4.The main inferences / conclusions in this article are __________. (Identify the key conclusions the author comes to and presents in the article.)
5.The key concept(s) we need to understand in this article is (are) __________. (Figure out the most important ideas you would have to understand in order to understand the author’s line of reasoning.)
6.The main assumption(s) underlying the author’s thinking is (are) __________. (Figure out what the author is taking for granted [that might be questioned].)
7.a. If we take this line of reasoning seriously, the implications are __________. (What consequences are likely to follow if people take the author’s line of reasoning seriously?)
b. If we fail to take this line of reasoning seriously, the implications are __________. (What consequences are likely to follow if people ignore the author’s reasoning?)
8.The main point(s) of view presented in this article is (are) __________. (What is the author looking at, and how is s/he seeing it?)
Use the Template above to analyze Dubus’ article. All you need to do is to answer each of the 8 items, save it, and upload into the assignment section. Keep in mind I am looking for complete answers, not just a single word to “fill-in-the-blank.” Use the points above to write out thoughtful responses, using the tools and skills gained from the previous work completed so far.
Article is located at http://mdwc.learninghouse.com/file.php/1524/Andre_Dubus_Crip_Sheet_Why_the_Able-Bodied_Still_Don_t_Get_It.pdf
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