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How to Read and Write Critically

How to Read and Write Critically

October 2021 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

To succeed in any assessment, you need to demonstrate critical thinking – but what does it mean to be ‘critical’?

This book takes a hands-on approach to helping you think, read and write critically. Packed with examples from different disciplines and subjects, it talks through dozens of written extracts so you can see what criticality actually looks like.

The book:

·       Equips you with tools for making an argument, explaining your reasoning and using examples to illustrate your points.

·       Enables you to structure coherent arguments and choose appropriate language.

·       Helps you interpret and apply feedback from your lecturers.

For undergraduate students studying in any discipline, this clear guide takes the confusion out of reading and writing critically so you can approach your assessments with confidence.

The Student Success series are essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to planning your dream career, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Chapter 1: What does it mean to be ‘critical’?
Chapter 2: Different ways to show your criticality
Chapter 3: Understanding score bands and developing your skills within academic assessment
Chapter 4: The connection between critical reading, thinking and writing
Chapter 5: How to structure your essays
Chapter 6: How to structure your dissertation
Chapter 7: Additional assessments to consider
Chapter 8: Four ways to approach interpretation
Chapter 9: How to use quotes, paraphrase and summarise
Chapter 10: How to use critical language in your assessments

This is a clear and accessible text with practical content relevant to any student writing assignments in higher education. It analyses a range of authentic sources to clearly illustrate how to approach, plan and write an academic assignment effectively. 

David Busby
Academic Skills Course Leader, Skills Centre: Academic Skills, University of Bath

Alex Baratta

Alex Baratta is a linguist whose research interests are focused on language and identity, including linguistic prejudice and linguistic rights. However, his initial teaching and research experiences were centred on academic writing and critical thinking, topics he continues to write on, having taught academic writing in South Korea, the UK and his native USA, as part of English 101. How to Read and Write Critically is his fifth book on the subject of academic writing and critical thinking, with other books focused on accent preference within British teaching (2018); World Englishes (2019); a collection of short stories with twist endings ... More About Author

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