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Please, apply what you have learned about critical thinking through reading, viewing, and writing by
completing these activities.
1. Wise Words: Northrop Frye has arqued that “n]obody is capable of free speech unless he knows
how to use language, and such knowledge is not a gift: It has to be learned and worked at.” How
does Frye’s claim relate to the discussions of critical reading, viewing, and writing in this chapter?
2. Public Texts: Close reading is required to make sense of many texts. Find a story, article, or report
related to an issue that you find important. Then use the critical reading strategies on pages 4-7
Critical Thinking Through Reading to understand, analyze, and evaluate the text.
Once you have used the instruction in chapter 2 to get started on a writing project, there might be more
to think about. Through the activities below, apply what you have learned.
1. Wise Words: Writer Ralph Fletcher shares, When I write, I am always struck at how magical and
unexpected the process turns out to be. Would you describe the writing process you follow as
“magical” and “unexpected”? Explain.
2. Living Today: Getting started techniques help you engage with topics thoughtfully. Many areas of
contemporary life-whether in health, the environment, the arts, or work–could benefit from our
thoughtful engagement. Select one of these broad subject areas and engage it by doing the the
following: Using the strategies on pages 34-37, brainstorm possible topics and select one. Then
use the strategies on pages 38-39 to explore what you know about that topic and what you need
Based on readings in Chapter 4, through the following activities, apply what you have learned.
Review the chart on Basic Essay Structure: Major Moves page 59 and the “writing moves* on Make
Writing Moves pages 64-66. Based on your own reading and writing, can you identify, name, and
describe an additional writing move? Can you supply an example of that move?
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