Monday, September 30, 2013

Reading Closely

I've asked you to read Gerald Graff's "Hidden Intellectualism" in They Say / I Say tonight before giving you the blog prompt because I want you to read the article before knowing how to respond to it. So if you still haven't read Graff's piece, take a few moments to do so now, before clicking on "Read More" below.

Now, as usual, begin with a short summary of the piece.

Then write about your reading process as you tackled the piece. Think of this as a kind of "reading journal." Where did you read it? Did you read it all at once or take it parts? Did you devote time to just reading or were you tackling other responsibilities/distractions at the same time?

Lastly but most importantly, consider your interaction with the text. Which parts were confusing or which words did you not understand? Did you go back to reread those parts or look up those words? Did you take notes as you read? What kind? In the margins? A notebook? What kinds of things did you note: facts, ideas, main points? Did you have to reread the article to write your summary or did you just use these notes? Write about anything else related to your experience of reading this article.

Above all, be honest! You're not going to lose points for not reading the way you think I want you to read. But if you are honest, you might learn something about your reading process that can help you going forward. Also, this blog may be posted anytime before tomorrow's class! Just don't forget to also comment.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

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