In this section we provide chapters that underscore the fundamental relationship between reading and writing, both inside and outside the classroom. The included authors offer both practical and theoretical understandings of reading so that students and faculty can take a more purposeful approach to reading.
Michael Bunn’s How to Read Like a Writer includes advice that can greatly benefit not only comprehension but also developing composition skills. This chapter can aid you in identifying key rhetorical moves that writers make, so that you can add to your writer’s toolkit.
MTSU Professor Julie Myatt’s argument in Reading is Not Essential to Writing Instruction is the opposite of her title, as she maintains that reading IS essential for the development of composition skills.
In Reading and Writing are not Connected, Ellen C. Carillo uses research to disprove the belief that one can be an effective writer without routinely engaging in reading activities. She proffers that it is necessary for you to carefully consider the relationships between these two activities.
Karen Rosenberg shares her personal experiences as a student who needed to learn how to read academic material more effectively in Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources. She provides both rationale and instruction for the reading and use of scholarly sources. In this essay, you are given an approach for reading complex texts.
The objectives targeted in the Readings about Reading section are Composing Processes, Reading, and Information Literacy.