Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reading Closely

This weekend you'll be choosing between reading Chapter 1 and 2 of They Say / I Say. Take good notes because you'll be explaining your chapter to someone in class who read the other chapter.

You'll also be reading and blogging about the article "Hidden Intellectualism," also in They Say / I Say. This blog post, however, will also be practice in the first part of your Close Reading essay (or an early draft if you plan on writing about this article). 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 in parts? Did you devote time to just reading or were you tackling other responsibilities/distractions at the same time? Do you listen to music or watch TV while you read? Include a clip!

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? On Twitter?! Share some! Take a picture and include it in your post! 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. Did you talk about it with anyone? Who? Where? In person? Online?

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.

In case you still feel lost, here are a couple of samples from my last class:

"Popular readings inside the academia"

"Intellectual Equality for ALL!"

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

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