My Reading Process I started this semester somewhat rebellious. I went against the grain. I missed out on some of the opportunities that others who have grown up in Quincy have had, but I have finally caught up. I recently realized how this class has benefited me as a person. I can clearly assert my opinions now. I know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. This class changed my perspective on writing for the best. My writing skills are not the only things that have changed. I also learned how to read closely. After being in this course, when I approach reading, I tend to take an assertive approach. I like to look for words that stand out, and listen for the syntax in a sentence; the diction in a speech. This helps me understand the text fully. Now when I read, I acquire some backstory of the author to understand their culture and experiences. This information allows me to use one of the best strategies a person could possess when reading, using empathy. Empathy allows me to put myself in their frame of mind during the time he or she was writing said piece. Another strategy I use is detection of diction. I seem to be able to know which words the author has intended to stress and leave unstressed, like an internal pentameter. My main weakness, as a reader is my focus. I tend to oscillate in and out of focus. One moment I feel as if I am a part of the story, and the next I feel as if the print is not speaking to me, which can cause me to lose interest in the piece. To eliminate this weakness, I need to start taking my reading, not just as an experience, but as a life in my hands. The text on the paper is the thoughts and opinions of someone else; that is something I should be paying more attention and respect to. I fin... ... middle of paper ... ...ection between the speaker and the reader, on a conscious level. Beneath the surface, it helps the speaker connect with his or her audience. It lets the audience feel as if they are just an ordinary person, or a conduit of wisdom, and notoriety. It is hard to master something such as this, but I am confident my tree will keep growing. Any skill can grow but my real inquiry is, how big, how tall can my skills get? I have seen a large improvement not just in my writing, but in myself. Rhetoric has nourished me wholly. I am changed as a person, for the betterment of myself, and whoever I need to prove myself to in the future. There is more room for me to grow, without a doubt. In the next 5 months, I hope to uncover more about myself and writing. I hope to fulfill my dream as a writer. I hope to fulfill my goal to succeed. I hope to fulfill my goal to grow infinitely.
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When it comes to reading in general however, I annotate quite often. According to the passage, "Annotating as you read is a powerful method for making sure you have something relevant to say about a given text" Making little comments about what I read helps me to remember what has happened. I
“I am thrown off my reading game when forced to read to fast,” wrote Thomas Newkirk author of The Art of Slow Reading. No matter where I was I didn’t like having to read on a time period; it was always a lot of pressure on me. It was either my mom or teachers rushing me to read. But over time, I started to accept the pressure. As I look back in my life, I realize my reading experiences have had an impact on my life.
I find it easier expressing myself through words and understanding other individual 's thoughts and actions through speech and writing. By studying a piece of text I am able to retrieve a lot of relevant information from it, I find this an easy way to learn because I reflect back by making notes so I am able to look back on notes for situations such as assignments and revision for exams. This is why I find reading techniques such as skim and scan reading difficult because I need to read a piece of text, highlight the important information and make notes to ensure that I have gained a good understanding. I could possibly improve an approach for my reading by looking at step by step guides to skim and scan reading online. This could help for large amounts of reading which I have to read quickly in seminars and lectures and to draw only the important information
As these few tales reveal, my memories of writing are strongly connected with the intense emotions I felt as I grew up. They are filled with joy, disappointment, boredom, and pride. I believe that each of these experiences has brought me to where I am today. I can only look to the future and hope that my growth will continue, and my writing will reflect those changes within me. As a writer, I have grown immeasurably and will continue to so long as I can find some paper and a pencil.
...t comprehension, it is important to analyze and view all aspects of the text, this will ensure the education you’re receiving, as well as the personal ties you make while reading.
Personally, I would not recommend this process to anyone. For one thing, I feel as if that a story is a source of fulfilment. For instance, every individual can pull a totally different perspective on one matter. Such as one person seeing a glass half empty, yet another could see it half full. It all goes the same with reading in my eyes. In other words, comprehending books do not have to be taken so seriously because books are a work of art. Art is put out in the universe not to be followed by rules, but to be buoyant.
Two of the reading strategies I have learned this year are asking questions and visualizing. Throughout this year I have been asking questions a lot while I’m reading. This class helps me to ask questions a lot. Asking questions is when you ask questions before reading the books and when you’re stuck you can ask questions. Asking questions helps me to get better at reading. This is important because i understand the book when I ask a lot of questions. Another reading skills that I have learned is visualizing. Visualizing is what the text says and have a form of image while reading. This is important to me because I understand a lot better when I visualize and I know what’s the book is telling me .
Everyone has certain connections and feelings that revolve around reading, writing, and communication. One is either excited by reading a book for their English class or dreads it. While writing an essay moves some to be stressed out, it also moves some to have a reason to express themselves. A few people do great with speeches. Others have nervous breakdowns by just the thought of speeches. Basically, everyone feels differently towards each of these as it affects them inversely. I, myself, was affected in some way. Writing gives me anxiety, speeches make me precarious, and reading pacifies me. With that being said, it’s obvious that reading has played the biggest role in helping me become the literate person I am today..
Reading is a complicated process. According to Stanislas Dehaene (2009), an entire series of mental and cerebral operations must occur before a word can be decoded. As you read, you are constructing meaning by making sense of the text. Like spoken
Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. New York: Quill, 2003. Print.
When students attempt to read new material, whether it is a narrative or textbook related, it is a good idea for them to ask themselves to think about the content of this material. They need to devise a way to take a picture by walking through the text; look at headings and chapter titles, and make predictions about various events or words highlighted. Good readers are active in their reading. They ask questions about new words and concepts, make comparisons, and draw on their prior knowledge to assist them in comprehension. (Duke and Pearson, 2002) Developing good reading comprehension is more than just thinking about how to comprehend. Students must also be taught specific skills that are essential to good comprehension.
Reading serves a predominant role in society, and is not a concept that can be easily glossed over. As a teacher, there is a crucial role that I will play in how students perceive reading. Since all students do not learn the same way, analyzing and integrating various techniques and theories can help me reach a majority of students. By focusing on comprehension, connections, and continuation of reading outside of the classroom, I hope to encourage my students to invest in reading.