Reading as a Writer

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2. Wide-Awake Readers Have you ever read something but a week later you don’t remember it at all? Last time, you learned about “going inside” a story to see what a character sees, feel what a character feels – to get lost in the story.

3. The Reading Zone, What’s it Like?

4. A Description of Reading “It creates for us a kind of dream, a rich and vivid play in the mind. We read a few words at the beginning of a book or the particular story and suddenly we find ourselves seeing not words on a page but a train giving through Russia, an old Italian crying, or a farmhouse battered by rain. We read on—dream on—worrying about the choices the characters have to make, listening in panic for some sound behind the fictional door.” – John Gardner

6. Push Yourself to Think Further Today, we’re going to push your thinking about what you read further. Push yourself to pay even closer attention to details that others might overlook, to have thoughts and be aware of them.   You should be WIDE AWAKE as a reader. (Don’t read yourself to sleep; read yourself AWAKE! Really experience it!)

7. Setting Create the setting around you as you read from the clues you are given. Pay attention to the words you are given.

8. Actions Notice the actions as you read. Pay attention to the words you are given.

9. Step Back and Notice Things the Author is Doing adding visual details adding sound details such as… using vivid, descriptive verbs, like… Any other decisions the author made that impress you…..

13. I see that . . . STOP. Now, I could read on, nothing stands out to me. But I’m going to force myself to pause, to notice the details that I could just zoom past. I’ve learned that there is always something to see, so let me look more closely.

14. Finding What You Think Something magical happens when you write or say, “The thought I have about this is . . . “ To add on… “This reminds me of...” Brand new thoughts sometimes come spilling out, even when you didn’t think you had them!

15. Watch me…. “I see…” “The thought I have about this is . . . “ “To add on…” “This reminds me of...”

16. Writers and deep readers see more, they notice more; we live wide-awake lives. So let’s try to see if you can do it: I see… The thought I have about this is…

17. Record Your Thoughts Now, I’m going to record what I’m thinking and push my brain to have more thoughts about this. “I realize that…” “To add on…” “This reminds me of…”

18. You try:

19. WRITE. I see that . . . The thought I have about this is . . . To add on, This reminds me of . . .

20. Partner Work Partner 1, keep reading a bit – maybe a paragraph or two – and then pause. At the pause, Partner 2, try to really pay attention to the text. Point at and reread the details that matter. You could just glance at the text and say something general like ___, but good readers look more closely, expecting that the details will be worth noticing. Then, Partner 2, say out loud what you notice.

21. Partner 1, remind your partner to say something like, “And the idea I have about this is…” or “I think…” or “I realize…”

22. Lastly, notice what the WRITER is doing in terms of: Ideas Organization Voice Word Choice Sentence Fluency Conventions

23. Re-reading is Crucial Making a movie in our minds as we read and create the world of the story helps us understand what the character is feeling and thinking because we have similar thoughts and feelings. Use all your senses to help make the movie of the book in your mind. Walk in the shoes of the characters in the story.

24. Phrases to Use As You Think, Talk and Write About Reading I see… The thought I have about this is… I realize that… To add on… This reminds me…

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