Three Explanatory Propositions
If you have not read the following reading posted to the Critical Writing Readings folder on BlackBoard, then you should do so before proceeding. Explanatory Reasoning Analyze the assigned readings for this week. Consider the following: point, position, proposal, conclusion? What seems to be the purpose of the reading? Is to argue on behalf of something, explain something, confirm something? Solve a problem? Call an idea into question? Point to a problem heretofore unnoticed? evidence? Consider how the writer opens and closes the text: what do you think the main point of the opening is? The main point of the closing? Look at the overall organization of the text. Can you break it into chunks or blocks of reasoning? What is the main point of each of the chunks? Evaluate the readings in terms of key words. Is there one word that seems central to the meaning of the text or to its argument? How does the writer define it? Consider a passage that you found particularly difficult due to particular terms or references used, or complexity of sentence construction. You might consider analyzing and looking up definitions sufficiently so that you can explain it to your colleagues not unlikely that at least some others did, as well. Make sure that you do not lapse into arguing with, or critiquing, the writer. Your job is to explain something related to the text. You are here being more of an objective, neutral analyst, not a critic or politician. Having analyzed the readings in this fashion, you are ready to explain many things about it. From this analysis, write three explanatory propositions. An explanatory proposition sets out...
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