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Main Ideas and Supporting Details
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Apply Skills of Inference and Interpretation
Analyze Relationships Among Ideas
Use Critical Reasoning Skills
Evaluating Validity of an Argument
Relevance of Facts, Examples, or Graphic Data
Distinguish Between Fact of Opinion
Credibility, Objectivity, and Bias
Apply Skills for Outlining, Summarizing, and Interpreting
Practice Reading Tests

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Use Critical Reasoning Skills to Evaluate Written Material

Recognize Stated or Implied Assumptions on which the Validity of an Argument Depends

Something is not necessarily true just because it is in print. Critical reasoning is thinking for yourself. To do that you must question the writer’s assumptions and decide for yourself if an effective argument has been made. Writers sometimes state their assumptions, but often they do not, so the reader has to determine them. You must decide for yourself if the strengths of the argument outweigh the weaknesses. Your ability to do this will depend on your ability to use the following five subskills effectively.