: Skim – After you have previewed a text to get a general idea of the subject, it is a good idea to read through the text quickly to get a general idea of what it is about and how it is organized. This article is organized into six sections, and all but the first have titles that give you some idea of their content.
Step 3: Read! – To read critically and really understand a text, you will need to read it more than one time. The first time through, you should underline or highlight anything that seems important or stands out. It is also helpful to annotate (write notes in the margin). The second time you read, focus on one section at a time. At the end of each section, think about what you have read and write down the main ideas. Summarizing can help you understand the content and organization of the text.
Evaluation - Although what is considered good writing varies, there are some qualities that most well written texts share. Rate Inglis’s article on each of the following, using a scale of one to five (five being the highest, one being the lowest). Please note that you do not need to answer the questions – just place a number from one to five after each quality.
Using the Text - When you evaluate a text, one thing to keep in mind is what you can take from it to support your own argument. Find one quotation from this article that could be easily incorporated into the paper you will write about censorship. Write it below (include the page number).
“Although (stereo) typically associated with the actions of the state— prior restraint by the government—it is important to recognize that censorship takes many forms and springs from many sources.” Page