Article critique:WHAT WAS THE DOCUMENT’S INTENDED AUDIENCE

YOUR NAME:

  1. AUTHOR:
  1. TITLE OF DOCUMENT:
  1. DATE:
  1. TYPE OF DOCUMENT (ex. speech, letter, published article, interview, etc.):
  1. WHAT WAS THE DOCUMENT’S INTENDED AUDIENCE (who is the author trying to reach with his message)?
  1. FULL DOCUMENT CITATION[1]:
  1. DOCUMENT INFORMATION (there are many ways to answer A-G and some require more lengthy responses). Utilize quotes or references to the text to support your answers, providing a citation to show where this information came from (a shortened citation that includes author, document title and (if applicable) page number is fine). There are suggested lengths included for each question. Feel free to write more if you like, but less make it hard to earn full credit.
  1. Why do you think the author wrote this document? Who or what group were they trying to persuade or dissuade? What was its intended purpose or argument/thesis? (4-6 sentences)
  • List three quotes from the author that you think are important (including citations for each), ones that support the author’s argument/thesis, and explain why you selected them. (3-5 sentences for each point).
  • List two things the document tells you about life in the United States at the time it was written. How do you know this? (2-4 sentences for each point)
  • What bias do you detect in the document? Explain. (Remember that bias is not necessarily a bad thing. Think of bias as another word for perspective.) (2-5 sentences)
  • Write a question to the author that is left unanswered or you are confused by after reading the document. (1-3 sentences)

[1] Sample citation: “Sending Women to Virginia (1622),” in Eric Foner, ed., Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Volume 1, 6th edition (New York: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020), 26.

NOTE: (this follows Chicago Manual of Style, but you may use APA or MLA if you are more familiar. I am looking for a citation like you would include in a works cited page).

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