Reading Critical Thinking Skills

The primary ideas, at the core, explain the secondary and peripheral ideas.

Whenever we read to acquire knowledge, we should take ownership, first, of the primary ideas, for they are a key to understanding all of the other ideas.

Skilled readers do not read blindly, but purposely. Their purpose, together with the nature of what they are reading, determines how they read.

They read in different ways in different situations for different purposes.

Accurately translating words into intended meanings is an analytic, evaluative, and creative set of acts.

Unfortunately, few people are skilled at translation.

Our reading is further influenced by our purpose for reading and by the nature of the text itself.

For example, if we are reading for pure pleasure and personal amusement, it may not matter if we do not fully understand the text.

All knowledge exists in “systems” of meanings, with interrelated primary ideas, secondary ideas, and peripheral ideas.

Imagine a series of circles beginning with a small core circle of primary ideas, surrounded by concentric circles of secondary ideas, moving outward to an outer circle of peripheral ideas.


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