8 Questions to Help You Get to the Bottom of a Writer’s Main Ideas
- How would you characterise the writer’s tone and style?
- In what way might the writer’s points develop, refine, or refute your own understanding of the subject or text?
- In what way does the writer contribute to the wider field of study?
- If you could ask the writer one question about his or her argument, what would it be?
- What is one specific direction for your own future research that the article suggests to you?
- Which elements of the writer’s argument do you tend to agree with, or find especially interesting, surprising, or unique?
- Which elements of the writer’s argument do you tend to disagree with, or see in slightly different ways?
- How would you summarise the argument posed by the writer? (Try to articulate this in one sentence.)
This post is based upon teaching materials I developed while teaching at the University of Leeds.