Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How? Using the reporter’s questions in critical reading and writing

In the processes of critical reading and critical writing, we face parallel tasks: developing the most complete understanding of the text possible, and fully expressing that understanding in clear, analytical writing. The reporters’ questions, called the “circumstances” in ancient rhetoric, offer ways to focus analysis of what the text is saying, and to develop an evidence-based thesis that takes these circumstances into account. In this course, we’ll examine literary texts that speak the reporters’ questions in different ways, and consider how these same questions function in developing and supporting a strong argument.