In class: discuss Ch 2. Review article. For next class: Read "Article" and '"Response to Article" under Unit 2. Then, perform the following steps for your letter to the editor. Bring your highlighted article, any articles you might use in your response and your outline to class.
Print off or copy the article you will review and read it through one time.
Read the article through a second time, making sure you've grasped the author's points and intentions and making notations in the margins that might help you in the writing process.
Highlight all of the arguments or quotations that you plan to focus on in your paper. This will save you the time and effort of having to search through irrelevant information during the writing process.
Formulate your argument. On what points do you agree with the author? On what points do you disagree? What is lacking or flawed in the argument?
Look for other critiques/responses of the same topic, as well as any direct responses to your author. Be sure and take notes and copy any pages with particularly important information or potential quotations. Be sure to document your sources thoroughly.
Take your notes and highlighted article and construct an outline for your essay. The outline can be rough, even bare-boned, but it should guide you through your argument with references both to your author and the outside sources from Step 5 of Section 1. Make notes of likely places for quotation insertions.