We often think of a critical person as a negative person. someone who is always finding fault. always trying to think of something nasty to say. But when it comes to reading and understanding what is being said the critical reader is one who has a better understanding of what he/she reads. She/he approaches reading as a chance to learn not just to receive indoctrination. The Critical Reader is one who asks questions. He/she doesn't just question the answers but also questions the questions. Here are some questions that may come to mind among others
Who is the author?
What group of people does the author seem to be talking to?
why did the author write this?
what does the author seem to want me to think, feel, do as a response to reading this?
Do I want to think, feel, do this?
Why or why not?
What is the author saying?
What is the author not saying?Are there other opinions about this subject besides those expressed by the author?
How do those other opinions compare to this?
What questions did the author fail to address?
Was it failure or just ourside the scope of this article?
You may want to just read through the artical quickly the first time to get a general feel for where it is going and then come back to ask questions the second time. As you practice reading critically you will find a method and a pace that works best for you.