Readings about Reading
In this essay from Writing Spaces, Karen Rosenberg shares her personal experiences as a student who needed to learn how to read academic material more effectively. She explains not only why professors ask you to read academic/scholarly journal articles (as opposed to simply using Google-able sources for research projects), but also how you can strategically approach reading such complex texts to get the most out of them. Her tone is informal and conversational; she wants to connect with you in order to support your success even as you engage with source material.
Keywords from this chapter in Writing Spaces
, , , reading, reading to write, active reading, reading as joining a conversation, rhetorical reading, , prior knowledge
Karen Rosenburg is the Director of the Writing & Communication Center at the University of Washington Bothell. She received her Phd from the University of Washington. Rosenburg describes her work at the Writing & Communication Center in the following way: “As the Director of the Writing Center, I have the great privilege of supporting students and faculty in creating productive spaces to explore, revise, and re-imagine their writing and communication practices. I support students through in-class workshops, teaching, and directing the Center. I support faculty through consultations on course design topics such as creating effective writing assignments, appropriate assessments, and innovative ways of integrating writing into courses” (https://www.uwb.edu/wacc/staff/karen).
This article was originally published on WritingSpaces.org, an Open Textbook Project. The site features many articles about writing and composition that may be useful to you.
a component of the rhetorical situation; any person or group who is the intended recipient of a message conveyed through text, speech, audio; the person/people the author is trying to influence
of, relating to, or associated with an academy or school especially of higher learning
the close, careful reading/listening/viewing of a composition that is undertaken in order to understand it fully and assess its merits, while taking into account the composition’s context or rhetorical situation
communication of thought in conversation; a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.