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0001 Meaning of Words and Phrases
0002 Purpose, Main Idea, and Organization
0003 Analyze and Evaluate Ideas and Information
0004 Make Inferences from Ideas and Information
Tone, Opinion, or Point of View
Assumptions on Validity of Argument
Drawing Conclusions from Ideas
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0004 Make Inferences from Ideas and Information Presented in a Variety of Texts

Identifying the Author's Tone, Opinion, or Point of View

Sometimes a writer makes his/her own views on the subject clear:

“I think handguns ought to be controlled.”


“Freedom to buy and own handguns should be unrestricted.”

At other times, writers simply discuss an issue:

“The control of handguns is a controversial issue.”

In these latter cases, however, you should check to make sure that the point of view really is balanced and that the discussion is not slanted to one side or the other.

For example:

If both sides of an issue are being fairly presented, both discussions will be approximately the same length. Biased, or slanted, language that tries to influence the reader towards one side or the other will be avoided.