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MODR1760
Passage Analysis Steps
PASSAGE ANALYSIS STEPS
Adapted from Saindon & Krek, Critical Thinking, p. 213, Table 8.2
OVERVIEW
Step 1: Read, annotate, and clarify the passage = Lesson 16
Part 1 of Passage Analysis Assignment: Conceptual Analysis
Step 2: Portray the basic conceptual structure in the passage = Lesson 17
Step 3: Assess the concepts = Lesson 18
Part 2 of Passage Analysis Assignment: Argument Analysis
Step 4: Portray the basic argument structure in the passage = Lesson 20
Step 5: Assess the arguments = Lesson 21
STEP 1:
READ, ANNOTATE AND CLARIFY THE PASSAGE
â–ª Skim for meaning, purpose, and conclusion.
â–ª Read the passage over once from beginning to end without marking it up. [NOT
MARKED]
â–ª Draw a line separating each paragraph of the article.
â–ª Number each paragraph.
â–ª Underline, bold or circle, significant, non-trivial, signal words and logical (premise
and conclusion) indicator words.
â–ª Underline or highlight the main point or topic sentence of each paragraph. Do
not over highlight. Indicate only the topic sentences.
â–ª Indicate the main or central concepts by circling, underlining, highlighting.
â–ª Clarify the meaning of key concepts, phrases, and claims.
o Highlight, circle or underline any words that you do not know the
meaning of. Look these words up in the dictionary. Write the definition
in the margin of the article or insert definition in body of the text. [NOT
MARKED]
o Write out any missing referent words in square brackets.
â–ª As you read, make at least 3 notes to yourself about your response to the article,
for example, your thoughts, emotional reaction, questions, confusions,
interesting points, and so on.
â–ª Determine the main conclusion or main point of the passage.
Create a Summary of the Passage
â–ª Create a summary of the passage by copy and pasting, or typing out, each of the
topic sentences in the passage.
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STEP 2:
PORTRAY THE BASIC CONCEPTUAL STRUCTURE IN THE PASSAGE
â–ª State the two most main concepts around which the passage turns.
â–ª Formulate the most main conceptual question with which the passage is
concerned.
â–ª Explain what the author means by the two main concepts, that is, provide a
detailed understanding of how the author defines the concepts in chart or list
form, following the model taught in lecture.
STEP 3:
ASSESS THE AUTHOR’S USE OF THE MAIN CONCEPTS
▪ Evaluate the speaker or author’s use of concepts by answering the following four
questions:
o Are they clearly defined?
o Are they used in a sense that it too narrow or too wide?
o Are they used consistently, or do they shift in meaning throughout the
article?
o Can their weaknesses be strengthened (i.e., positively criticized)?
STEP 4:
PORTRAY THE BASIC ARGUMENT STRUCTURE
Put the argument in the passage in Standard Argument Form; diagram the
argument.
â–ª State the main conclusion.
â–ª State the most main premises.
â–ª State any stated reasons the author has given for believing these most main
premises.
â–ª Formulate and state hidden premises or unstated assumptions, as necessary.
STEP 5:
ASSESS THE AUTHOR’S ARGUMENTS
â–ª Evaluate the argument by answering the following three questions:
o Does the argument violate any of the criteria for a good argument?
o Are there any clear and serious fallacies? If so, neutralize one fallacy using
the 5-step process.
o Can some of the arguments be made stronger (i.e., positively criticized)?
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Passage Analysis Assignment Instructions
PASSAGE ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Out of 84 marks; Converted to a mark out of 30%
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Worth: 30% of final mark.
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Due: Wednesday, August 10, 11:59 pm.
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Submission File Naming: Must name your submission file as follows or 2 marks
will be deducted from your total mark:
â–ª YourLastName_YourFirstName_PA1.
â–ª Example: Cohen_Cael_PA1.
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Accepted File Formats: Do NOT submit “Pages” format files, or files that are not
compatible with Microsoft. For example, acceptable file format are Word Doc,
PDF, RTF.
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Submit only 1 file, not 2. Your annotated passage should be included in the 1 file.
â–ª Please number pages, if possible.
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Choose only one (1) of the 3 passages posted to Lesson 16 and posted to Lesson
22.
See “Passage Analysis Steps” posted to Lesson 22.
Complete Passage Analysis Steps 1, 2, 3, as taught in class, following the model
and format taught in class.
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Step 1: Read, annotate, and clarify the passage = Lesson 16
Part 1 of Passage Analysis Assignment: Conceptual Analysis
Step 2: Portray the basic conceptual structure in the passage = Lesson 17
Step 3: Assess the concepts = Lesson 18
Part 2 of Passage Analysis Assignment: Argument Analysis
Step 4: Portray the basic argument structure in the passage = Lesson 20
Step 5: Assess the arguments = Lesson 21
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See “Passage Analysis Assignments Grading Rubric” posted to Lesson 22.
Assignment consists of 2 parts: Out of total 84 marks
1. Copy of annotated passage: Step 1.
2. Written answers to the Passage Analysis Steps 2, 3, 4 and 5.
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See “Grading Rubric” posted to Lesson 22.
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