For many academic assignments, critical reading is a necessary step. Engaging critically with other people’s work is typically the first step toward developing our own arguments, interpretations, and analysis.
Why read critically literature
Reading literature critically or Re-reading a text several times while focusing on different components of the text is a common part of critical reading. When we initially read a text, we may be concerned with acquiring a general sense of the information the author is delivering – in other words, merely comprehending what they are trying to convey. However, in subsequent readings, we can concentrate on the author’s presentation of that material, the types of evidence they use to support their arguments (and how compelling we find that evidence), the relationship between their evidence and their conclusions, and so on.