To help you learn to read critically and incorporate effective textual support, you will complete reading responses for several of the assigned readings this semester. Reading responses ask you to use direct evidence from the course readings to answer a prompting a question. This means that each reading response should include at least one quote or paraphrase from the assigned text.
Reading Responses should be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document using MLA or APA formatting (including an APA title page or MLA header) and in-text citations and a Works Cited/References page. There is no word count for these responses, but you should be thoroughly answering the question with specific evidence that is incorporated into your own writing. To do this, I recommend around 250 words, but you're welcome to write more or less if you feel like that's what you need to answer the question.
This Week's Prompt:
Read the Haas and Flower "Rhetorical Reading Strategies and the Construction of Meaning". This essay will introduce you to how you should be reading for college--and it just so happens to tie into our topic of rhetoric for this module.
It may help to skim over the article quickly first, and THEN go back and read it more thoroughly. Sure, it sounds like extra work, but the payoff for doing so usually shows up in your grades because of a deeper understanding of the content. It really works!
After Reading the essay thoroughly, respond to the following:
- What kind of reader are you (are you like Kara, Seth, or Bob)? Explain why you think so.
- Additionally, the authors discuss how readers help with the construction of meaning. What are some reasons for why might this matter to a writer? Supply an example to help illustrate your answers.
- How will you use insights from this reading when you encounter a difficult academic text later this week?
Note: do your best with the formatting and citations for now. It's important for me to see what level you're currently at, so I can tailor our formatting and citation lessons during Week 3 to best suit the class's needs.