CRITICAL READING

1. Introduction to Critical Reading

2. Distinguishing Fact from Opinion

3. Interpreting Connotations of Words

4. Discovering the Author’s Point of View

5. Crooked and Fallacious Thinking

6. Detecting Propaganda

7. Recognizing Statistical Slips

8. Making Inferences

9. Other Aspects of Critical Reading

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12 thoughts on “CRITICAL READING

  1. Thank you Mr. Parlin for providing us this program so that we can improve our skill and knowledge more efectively.
    About determining whether the statements are opinion, fact, or blend, I try my best.
    1. To read critically is interesting and enjoyable. I think this is an opinion, because the feeling about that kind of reading depends on who does it. Two persons who read the exactly same material could qualify it differently.
    2. More and more young married couples got divorced today. This first sentence in number 2 is a fact. It can be proved by applying statistical works for instance. So, marriage is no more interesting in Indonesian society. I think this second sentence is an opinion as we can not find the proof. I think the writer is just trying to generalize his/her own opinion. So, number 2 is a combination of fact and opinion.

  2. Hello Sir?

    I am waiting for your comment about my answers in determining statements of fact and opinion (Critical Reading).

    Thank you Sir.

  3. Dear Miss Mesi,

    Your responses are correct. A little note from me: be more careful in making passive voices. Your sentence runs ” … the main sentence is a Fact that can be survey” should have run “…. fact that can be surveyed.”

  4. Dear Sir,

    Following is my answer:

    1) To read critically is interesting and enjoyable, is Opinion, because this statement is more to private opini, it is a matter of feeling of someone.

    2. More and more young married couples got divorced today, is a Fact, we can saw it in the infotainments on TV media, radio or even in the newspaper and tabloid.

    But the second one, the second statement “marriage is no more interesting in Indonesian society.”; is an Opinion, because the fact is not like that, we can see and prooved that almost every week we received wedding invitation, that’s the fact right? that marriege is still interesting in Indonesia young society.

    So.. No 2 is Blend Sir.. (Fact and Opinion)

    Thank you Sir..

    Regards,

    Visi Gastini S.

  5. Just got a chance to enter this,sir. Sorry for the late.

    The 1st statement is an Opinion, because the word interesting and enjoyable can’t be measured and it is a matter of someone feeling about something.

    the second statement is a Blend. since the main sentence is a Fact that can be survey. And the next is an Opinion.

    Ok, that’s my respond..

    Thank You, Sir..

  6. Hello Sir! How are you doing? I hope you are having a good day.

    Let me try giving response to both statements.
    In the first sentence, interesting and enjoyable are the matter of personal opinion.
    so It’s an opinion(O).

    More and more young married couples got divorced today in the second sentence can be easily checked by doing survey and it can be seen on the news on television news infotainment, that’s a fact. But just marriage is no more interesting in Indonesian society is personal opinion, that’s an opinion. So the second sentence is a blend(B)

    That’s all from me.
    Thank you.

  7. Dear Mr. Parlin Pardede
    I would like to determine whether a statement 1 and 2 above are fact or opinion
    1). I think that a statement 1 is OPINION because not everybody feel comfortable to read critically but depend on someone who sense that’s interesting.
    2). Automatically It is not fact a statement 2,but it is OPINION.

  8. Dear all,
    Please determine whether each of the followings is a statement of fact (F), or opinion (O), or a blend (B) of fact and opinion. Give reason why you think so.

    1) To read critically is interesting and enjoyable.
    2) More and more young married couples got divorced today. So, marriage is no more interesting in Indonesian society.

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