1. Main Idea
    The work's specific message.
  2. Primary Sources
    • Firsthand records of events, theories, opinions, or actions.
    • Published or unpublished documents, recordings, or artifacts.
    • Must be contemporary to the events, people, or information that is at issue.
  3. Primary Source Challenges
    • Anything written hundreds of years after an event has occurred is not a primary source.
    • Primary sources are not always accurate, especially if it contains the persons perception of the events.
    • Often times primary sources are ambiguous & fragmentary, making them difficult to analyze.
  4. Primary Sources on the Internet
    • What is the purpose of the website containing the info?
    • Is it trying to persuade you?
    • Non-biased information relaying info is more reliable. EX. Gov't sites, organization sites, educational institutions.
  5. Types of primary sources:
    • letters
    • diaries/memoirs/autobiographies
    • interviews
    • audio/video recordings
    • works of art
    • films
    • literature
    • photography
    • statistical data
    • publication of research results
    • census or demographic records
  6. Facts
    Information based on real, provable events or situations.
  7. Opinions
    Beliefs based on personal judgments rather than on indisputable facts.
  8. Biases
    Opinions or beliefs that affect a persons ability to make fair, unclouded judgments or decisions.
  9. Stereotypes
    Oversimplified opinions that don't account for individual differences about an entire group of people or things.
  10. Narrative
    • Tells a story
    • Relates a chain of events.
  11. Expository Passage
    • Introduces or explains a subject
    • Groundwork info necessary for understanding later ideas.
    • Analyzes information objectively.
  12. Technical Writing
    Passes along precise information about a specific topic. Usually formal or semi-formal style.
  13. Persuasive Writing
    Tries to get the reader to agree with the author.
  14. Topic
    General subject matter covered by the work.
  15. Supporting Details
    Explains the main idea.
  16. Themes
    Subjects that a written work frequently touches upon.
Card Set
Reading section