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Unformatted text preview: Basic Composition 355:100 Instructor: Jenna Lewis Approaches to Reading Before you start: how do you read best? • Get the right level of comfort: read on your bed, at a desk, on a sofa • Get the right level of noise: read in complete silence or with some background noise • Get enough light: either sunlight or room lights • Get the right environment: read alone or with others, in the library or a coffee shop First reading • Underline or highlight passages you feel are important. • Put question marks next to passages you don’t understand so you can locate them quickly later on or in class. • Circle or highlight words you don’t know and find them in a dictionary. Losing concentration? • Take a short break and then come back to the essay. • Try summarizing what the author has argued so far. And then— • Spend some time summarizing what you’ve just read. • If you work better in groups, get together with a few students from class to review the main ideas of the essay or work through complicated passages....
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- Fall '11
- Writing, author’s argument