Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reading into Writing

Reading into Writing
To improve your reading and writing, and your thinking, I suggest an order in your use of this book.

First, do some background reading before you start each dialogue.
o Read everything that appears before the dialogue, as well as the dialogue itself.
o Links to websites have been provided to help you find some information about each writer.

After that, read the short ‘Pre-reading text’ and write down your thoughts on what you have just read.

Next answer the ten questions that precede each dialogue. Remember your answers – write them down if it helps.

Next, read the dialogue once without stopping.
o Try to get the gist of what is being discussed.
o Do not use a dictionary.

Then, free-write on what you have just read.
o Write down what you think the discussion is about, and your reaction to it.
o Say what you agree with, and why, and what you disagree with and why you disagree.
o Write between 200 and 300 words.
o Afterwards, reread the dialogue.
o This time, read more slowly, and more carefully.
o Try to get a fuller understanding of the ideas in the discussion.
o Use a dictionary if you need to.

Again, reread your free-writing

o Answer the essay question.
o Refer to the dialogue and your own free-writing.
o Reread your essay.
o Reread the dialogue and your essay.
o If you have changed your mind on any of the opinions you wrote, edit the essay and change them.
o Answer the questions that follow each dialogue.
o Send your drafts to your teacher for her comments.

Robert L. Fielding

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