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Reading & Thinking Critically - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter can help you refresh your knowledge of how to make assumptions from what you are reading. You'll see examples of deductive reasoning, and look at strategies for using prior knowledge to make predictions about what you're reading.
Later in this chapter, you'll get information on determining point-of-view, making assumptions, looking for evidence and drawing conclusions. After viewing all these lessons, you should be prepared to:
- Develop logical assumptions from texts
- Employ deductive reasoning
- Utilize your prior knowledge to make predictions
- Understand the critical thinking process for analyzing what you're reading
Using plenty of examples to illustrate important concepts, our instructors make your learning fun with these short lessons. You'll renew your knowledge of topics you've probably studied before, but there may be some new ideas thrown in as well. You can study through a computer or mobile device, anywhere you have Internet access.
1. Making Logical Assumptions When Reading Texts
A logical assumption may sound like an abstract concept, but in simplified language, it's just a statement or an idea that an author is implying. You may have heard of this concept as 'reading between the lines.' Click on the lesson to find out more about logical assumptions and see what they look like in the context of both non-fiction and fiction.
2. Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition
Deductive reasoning involves drawing conclusions from specific statements called premises. Learn more about deductive reasoning and test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Using Prior Knowledge to Make Predictions While Reading
Skilled readers make predictions and connect what they already know to what they're reading. In this lesson you'll learn how to activate your prior knowledge in order to make predictions about a reading selection.
4. 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.
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