Critical Reading and Researching Main Ideas

Assignment: Critical Reading and Researching Main Ideas

In this Week’s Discussion, you reviewed prewriting components of the research process and examined your own research process. Now you will put these concepts and insights in practice for this Week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Choose one of the preselected journal articles in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Applying the prewriting concepts from this week’s readings, critically read the journal article, taking notes or engaging in any research methods that you would like to try.

The Assignment:

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Select three related main points from the journal article (excluding the Abstract), and directly quote them.

In addition to the directly quoted main points, compose 1–2 sentences of rationale for each main point. Use these sentences to explain the reason you selected each point from the journal article. Consider the following questions in your rationale:

  • Why are these three specific points the author’s main ideas?
  • What makes them stand out to you as a critical reader?
  • How are these main points related to one another?

By Day 7

Submit your Application using the Walden Course Paper template by Day 7. Your submission should be 2-3 paragraphs long.

Required Readings

Walden University Writing Center. (2015i). Walden templates: General templates: APA course paper template (6th ed.). Retrieved from…
Note: Please submit all assignments using the abovementioned APA Course Paper Template.

Laureate Education. (2015). [Infographic]. Understanding Arguments, Baltimore, MD: Author.

Walden University Writing Center. (2015a). Common course assignments: Writing in the social sciences. Retrieved from…
Students will use the “Main Idea” section to better understand an author’s main points

Walden University. (2015). Writing a Paper: Understanding Arguments. Retrieved from…

Online journal articles:
Grad Writing II: (semester students)

Online journal articles:

Grad Writing II: (quarter students)
Chose one of these articles: Qiu, M., Hewitt, J., & Brett, C. (2012). Online class size, note reading, note writing and collaborative discourse. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 7(3), 423-442. doi:10.1007/s11412-012-9151-2
Van Note Chism, N., & Weerakoon, S. (2012). APA, meet Google: Graduate students’ approaches to learning citation style. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 12(2), 27-38. Retrieved from
Wilson, B. G., & Linder VanBerschot, J. (2014). Co-teaching an online action research class. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 40(2). Retrieved from