Scholarly Analysis

Topics: Critical thinking, Writing, Logic Pages: 5 (470 words) Published: September 27, 2014
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Scholarly Writing Analysis Worksheet

In assigned pairs, select one of the non-discipline-specific journal articles from the required text readings for PHL/700R Day One or Day Two. Critically analyze the article as an example of scholarly writing.

Article Author or Authors: Paul, Richard; Elder, Linda

Article Title: Critical thinking... and the art of close reading (Part I)

Part One: Scholarly Writing Conventions

Elements of writing
Reader’s overall impression
Examples from the text
(words, phrases, or passages, including page numbers)
What I want to emulate from this example or what I would do differently in my writing Structure
How is the article organized?

What are the article’s main components?

Fluid with good examples

Understanding what you read

“In this and the next few columns we focus on some of the fundamentals of close reading.” “Skilled readers do not read blindly; they read purposely.”

I will utilize logical flow in my writing

I will write
Language
Clarity regarding word choice

Tone—formal, informal, academic, colloquial, or a combination Writing mechanics—first or third person, passive voice

Not verbose but succinct

Informal with a hint of academic

Third person

“When we read, we translate words into meanings.”

“The author has previously translated ideas and experiences into words.”

“To read well requires one to develop one's thinking about reading”

I will also write in the third person

Use of empirical evidence
Type of evidence—anecdotal, statistical, qualitative, or quantitative Use of scholarly literature—types and dates of sources

Anecdotal

(Paul & Elder, 2003)

Horace Mann Quote

To read well requires one to develop one's thinking about reading and, as a result, to learn how to engage in the process of what we call close reading

I will utilize qualitative evidence
Formatting
APA or other style

APA style

(Paul & Elder, 2003)

Will follow APA style

Part Two: Authorial Voice

Elements of voice
Reader’s overall impression
Examples from the text
(words, phrases, or passages, include page numbers)
What I want to emulate from this example or what I would do differently in my writing

Assumptions and inferences

That individual experiences impact knowledge understanding

“Becoming aware of our assumptions is a puzzling and contradictory task.”

Bias

We all have bias’. Acknowledgement and understanding will help to overcome

“We often interpret learners' hostility as being caused by, and, therefore directed specifically at, our own personality.”

Author’s situatedness

“Certain things seem to engage them while others frustrate or bore them. They notice that they are drawn to some kinds of activities in which they tend to excel, while others are avoided out of fear of embarrassment, humiliation, or shaming.”

Attitudes and beliefs

“We find it very difficult to stand outside ourselves and see how some of our most deeply held values and beliefs lead us into distorted and constrained ways of being.”

Internal contradictions
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