Homework for 8_20_Dear Students of SLC

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Dear Students of SLCC, Do you know the tricks of successful readers? A teacher named Cris Tovani has written a book about these, the things that successful readers do. How to read well is not a secret—you can do these things too, but you have to work at it. Cris Tovani wrote about how she realized that she was “fake reading”—her eyes were following the words on the page, and the voice in her head was even saying the words, but she couldn’t remember what she had just read! Does that ever happen to you? It happens to me sometimes. And did you know that there are things you can do to fix this when it does happen? Please read the following information about Tovani’s tricks to successful reading (it’s an excerpt from a longer piece about reading strategies—the link is at the bottom of the page). Then, write me a letter (1 page or so, typed GoogleDocs) about how many of these you already do and which ones you want to work on. If you have no idea what some of these tricks mean, tell me that. Essentially, I want to know what reading is like for you, what kind of reader you want to become, and how this class can help you get there. Consider: the class you were enrolled in last year and how that went for you, what you usually like/dislike about language arts (or reading for school in general), and any other experiences—from your first memories to now—you’ve had with reading in or outside of school. Thanks in advance for your thoughtful work on this! -Mr. Weber What Do Successful Readers Do? ONE : Successful readers monitor their comprehension. Readers have different types of voices going on in their heads. By listening to these voices, readers can monitor their comprehension. They can know when they are stuck and how to get unstuck. Which voice is going on in your head when you read? Reciting voice: The voice a reader hears when he is only reciting the words and not drawing meaning from the text. Conversation voice: The voice that has a conversation with the text. It represents the reader’s thinking as she talks back to the text in an interactive way. This voice can take two forms: Interactive voice: The voice inside the reader’s head that makes connections, asks questions,
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course LIT 337 taught by Professor Jackson during the Winter '10 term at Grand Valley State University.

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