Preparing to Write: Active Reading. Chapter 1. Prereading Close Reading Postreading. Planning Drafting Reworking. Overview of RDG/WTG Process. Active Reading Strategies. In college you have to become a skilled reader as well as an accomplished writer. Skilled readers are active readers
Preparing to Write:Active Reading Chapter 1
Prereading Close Reading Postreading Planning Drafting Reworking Overview of RDG/WTG Process
Active Reading Strategies • In college you have to become a skilled reader as well as an accomplished writer. • Skilled readers are active readers • They connect what they are reading to texts they have read before and to prior knowledge and personal experience.
Prereading • Prereading lays the groundwork for comprehension. • The prereading strategies you select depend on the reading source’s character and level of difficulty. • Two (2) useful techniques: • Preview & derive questions • Free writing
Strategy #1: Preview/Qs/Goals • Don’t plunge in/Make a quick inspection • As you preview, consider: title; bio of author; headings; topic sentences; organizational signals; summary. • As you preview, ask yourself questions • What goal can you achieve while reading?
Strategy #2: • Free write to recall prior knowledge or feelings about topic • The knowledge & understanding you bring affects how well you’ll comprehend the reading • Two (2) ways to tap into prior knowledge & experiences: • Free writing & Brainstorming (may be useful for future essay)
Close Reading • When you read, you are actively constructing meaning • Two way communication • Talk to author • Read with pencil in hand • Annotate: marginal notes, highlighting, recording responses
Take Content Notes • Make short outlines, summaries, and paraphrases of key passages • Pay special attention to thesis statements & topic sentences
Pose & Answer Qs Re: Source • Read for information: main idea; important content • Read for form/organization: forms from EGL 101/How do the parts of the essay function? • Read for rhetorical concerns: motivation/audience/view
Postreading • Finished reading? • Don’t do the usual….. • Review the source • Scan through your markings • Examine your remarks • Don’t hesitate to revise or add