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0001 Main Ideas and Supporting Details
0002 Analyze the Relationship Among Ideas
0003 Critical Reasoning Skills
Evaluating Stated or Implied Assumptions
Judging the Relevance of Facts and Examples
Recognize Fallacies in the Logic
Fact and Opinion
Credibility, Objectivity/Subjectivity, or Bias
0004 Purpose, Point of View, and Intended Meaning
0005 Meaning of Words and Phrases
0006 Applying Study Skills
Practice Reading Tests

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0003 Use Critical Reasoning Skills to Evaluate a Reading Selection

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.