Practice rhetorical reading skills independently for Stephen Jay Gould's essay "Women's Brains"
Read the essay carefully, then on notebook paper:
- Write a paragraph explaining SOAP and identifying the author's tone. Here is a brief biography of Gould and the introduction to the published essay you are reading.
- Complete "funneling": highlight the most important paragraph, most essential sentence, and most symbolic word directly on the essay using a pen or highlighter. Then, on your notebook paper, write a two-sentence justification for your symbolic word only.
- Select three unfamiliar vocabulary words. On the notebook paper, write the three words, your predicted definitions based on context clues, and then an actual dictionary definition.
- Answer these closing questions:
B. What evidence ca n you find to make the case that Gould's true subject was not "women's brains," but rather assumptions about the abilities of certain groups?