TASK 18. Sow, Sew, So What?

Critical reading requires students to summarize authors’ assertions, evaluate the supplied evidence, determine what elements have been left uncertain, and analyze the significance of the assertions and proof. Sow, Sew, So What is a mnemonic device to assist students in organizing their analysis. Sow represents sowing the seeds
of the idea, or the thesis/assertion that the author intends to prove. Sew is the thread of evidence connected or ‘sewn’ to the thesis. So what? Is the explanation of why the thesis matters, why is it worth examining, how is it significant to the course, history, their lives, etc.