Ch 8: Analyzing & Evaluating Written Materials

About This Chapter

The chapter's fun video lessons go over a number of components to evaluating written materials. Critical thinking is clearly defined and the parts of the critical thinking process are also included.

Analyzing & Evaluating Written Materials - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to look over the different qualities that sources should have, such as reliability and credibility. You can make sure that you have a solid understanding of quoting and paraphrasing as well. You'll get to brush up on some examples of logical fallacies in another engaging lesson. This chapter should further leave you with a renewed understanding of:

  • The steps in evaluating reasoning
  • Various kinds of persuasion
  • Key ways to organize ideas

A single video lesson takes only about five minutes from when you push play to the end. You can make use of the video tags to easily either watch a segment again or jump ahead in a lesson. To verify your understanding of the major concepts in the chapter, complete each lesson's built-in practice quiz.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Analyzing & Evaluating Written Materials
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning

1. What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning

Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.

The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

2. The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

In this lesson, you'll learn the steps involved in the critical thinking process. You'll consider how coming to a conclusion effectively involves multiple questions that get you thinking about a topic in a new way.

Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

3. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

4. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

How to Evaluate Reasoning

5. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

6. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

7. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

8. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

10. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

11. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

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