Read for structure?

meandme
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Read for structure?

Postby meandme » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:09 pm

Hey
Can anyone please tell me what they mean by read for strcutre? I am getting my ass kicked in RC. People say don't read for content but then I have no idea what's going on. I have read the PS bibles, and I have read Voyer's guide, AND I have taken the Blue Print course but sad to say, I suck. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

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Mr.Binks
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Re: Read for structure?

Postby Mr.Binks » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:59 pm

meandme wrote:Hey
Can anyone please tell me what they mean by read for strcutre? I am getting my ass kicked in RC. People say don't read for content but then I have no idea what's going on. I have read the PS bibles, and I have read Voyer's guide, AND I have taken the Blue Print course but sad to say, I suck. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks


Essentially, instead of trying to memorize every single detail of the passage, you want to have a general understanding of how the passage proceeds. For instance, suppose in an RC passage, paragraph 1 argues for a certain and provides evidence for that, and in paragraph 2, the author argues for an alternative position and provides evidence. You will want to note that these paragraphs have these general structures (and therefore making it easier to refer back to the passage), rather than trying to memorize exactly what the evidence, etc. is for each view point.

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Re: Read for structure?

Postby glucose101 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:04 pm

Basically, when ppl say read for structure, they mean: take note of various elements within a passage (note attitude markers, shifts, POVs, places of examples, etc). If you read and try to really understand the passage and memorize every detail, you will probably screw yourself over.

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Re: Read for structure?

Postby dkb17xzx » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:41 pm

For RC, I try to hit the following things:

- Main point
- Title
- Author's tone
- Purpose
- The structure of the passage: for eg: introduces a contention, explains one, explains the other, then argues for one - stuff like that

Usually I also mark a couple things where I feel the possibility of inference questions.

The other thing that I mark up are the number of reasons given for something. Take for example PT # 7 passage 1 - one of the question asks you "all of the following are reasons stated in the passage except" - so when I looked back, I had the 4 underlined and i just needed to see what wasn't there.

meandme
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Re: Read for structure?

Postby meandme » Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:19 pm

Thank you guys for the help.




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