Chapter 6: “How to Know What a TEXT Is Arguing”

“Tip: Write a central argument for every reading assignment before you go to the class where you’ll be discussing it … The reason I’m urging you to do this important bit of intellectual work before class is that you need to get in the habit of knowing and trusting what you think. These two skills are mighty important to critical inquiry, every bit as important as the flexibility you will develop as you seek to grow your intellect by reading other authors.”