Ask yourself if you have considered all of the following matters:
- Who is the author?
- Is the piece aimed at a particular audience? A neutral audience? A sympathetic audience? A hostile audience?
- What is the author’s thesis (argument, main point, claim)?
- What assumptions does the author make? Do I share them? If not, why not?
- Does the author ever confuse facts with beliefs or opinions?
- What rhetorical appeals does the author make?
- How convincing is the evidence?
- Are significant objections and counter-evidence adequately discussed?
- How is the text organized, and is the organization effective? Are the title, the opening paragraphs, and the concluding paragraphs effective? In what ways?
- If visual materials such as graph, pie charts, or pictures are used, how persuasive are they? What rhetorical appeal do they make?
- What is the author’s tone? Is it appropriate?
- To what extent has the author convinced me? Why?