1. Purpose (Why is the author writing this piece? What does (s)he want to accomplish by writing it?
2. Argument being made? (Sum up author’s thesis statement)
3. Persona (What tone does the author establish? What are his/her credentials? What point of view is (s)he adopting? (etc.)
4. Audience (Who is the writer addressing + why?)
5. Do you like the reading? Agree with the author’s point? Why or why not?