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Ministry of Education.

Thinking critically

In reading, critical thinking means thinking beyond a literal level – analysing meanings, responding to texts critically and personally, and reflecting on texts and on one’s own reading. Often, students will develop greater insights into a text on a second or subsequent reading.

Thinking critically may involve:

  • inferring why a character behaves as they do
  • expressing and justifying an opinion
  • evaluating the actions of the characters or the effectiveness of the text
  • identifying and comparing different aspects of a situation
  • considering why the author has used language in a particular way
  • noticing and commenting on connections between texts.

The Ready to Read student texts are designed to provide opportunities for thinking critically.

Published on: 15 Sep 2017