HOW TO WRITE A CRITIQUE WHAT IS A CRITIQUE? SUMMARY Are the article and the evidence still A critique is a paper that gives a critical Summarize the author’s purpose and main valid or are they outdated, leading to assessment of a book or article. points/evidence cited that are used for an invalid conclusion? back up. Was the author successful in making STEPS his/her point? Begin by reading the book or REVIEW & EVALUATE article and annotate as you read. To critically review the piece, ask the following questions: CONCLUSION Note the author’s main Wrap up by: point/thesis statement. What are the credentials/areas of expertise of the author? Stating whether you agree with Divide the book/article into the author. sections of thought and write a Did the author use appropriate brief summary of each thought in methods to gather the evidence? Back up your decisions by stating your own words. your reasons. Was the evidence used by the author accurate? Give a general opinion of the INTRODUCTION work. Start your critique with sentences giving Does the author’s use and the following information: interpretation of this evidence lead the reader to the same conclusion? Author’s name Did the author build a logical Book/Article title and source argument? Author’s thesis statement Is there other evidence that would support a counter-argument? .
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