You Talk a Lot About Structural Reading. Any Tips on How I Can Get Better At That In LR?
Totally! Here's three things for you to try:
1. Try to think of the sentences within the argument as pieces of a puzzle. Their only meaning is their utility—they want to fit together so that there's no daylight between them, but they don't. So ask yourself why they don't. What's the missing piece? This is structural reading.
2. Try framing the argument in the following way: "This author believes Thing X because of Things Y and W. So, what do Y or W have to do with X?" This, too, is a way to read structurally.
3. When faced with a typical flaw, name each piece structurally, as a part of that flaw. For example, in 29.1.3, we have both a Prescriptive Error and a False Choice Flaw. I'd say the following: "This author wants us to use more gasohol (that's her prescription), but she never demonstrates that gasohol will be better than gasoline (that's the flaw!). Instead, she offers two benefits (more octane, less CO) and one feature that may not even be better (it doesn't add more CO₂ than plants remove. Does gasoline do that, though?). These three factors present a false choice—they neglect the possibility that there are other, possibly even more important factors!" Then I'd take a quick nap because that's a mouthful. But doing that repeatedly makes me better at it until I go from working it out, to thinking it, to just seeing it. That seeing is structural reading.