How to Read Like a Writer Notes:
Summary: When you Read Like a Writer you work to identify some of the choices the author has made and that you can better understand how such choices might arise in your own writing. Doing so can clear the ideas up that you have in your head and help you better understand the text that you’re reading. Instead of just reading for content to better understand how writing is put together by the author and what you can learn. When you read a text you should think about the choices that are included and the techniques the author is using to influence your personal response.
Commentary: “It is helpful to continue to ask yourself questions as you read like a writer” (Mike Bunn). I specifically found this very important because very few individuals consider this ‘concept’ while digesting reading activities and it can be very beneficial. After I read this article I began to think so much more while I was actually reading then afterwards. It has already started to make an impact on my comprehension and a time saver for sure. Some may feel like it monotonous to constantly be asking yourself while reading
Making Connection: This article is very relatable to me right now because I’m in 3 English classes and this has begun to help me with my reading assignments. Before I read this article I wasn’t reading as productively as I should have been. When I read through this article I began to wonder “I’ve been reading wrong for so long”. I struggle with reading and to find a new way to do so is amazing. Not every many people consider the authors purpose and looking at how the author is trying to come across, we just read to get our information needed and forget about all the major details.
…And by Islands I mean paragraphs:
Summary: …And by Islands I mean paragraphs is such a unique hybrid digital writing which re-locates and re-explores fantasy and real islands. Individually, each of these textual islands is a topic – from the Greek topo’s, meaning place. Collectively they constitute a topographical map of a sustained practice of reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing islands.
Commentary: Browsing through this quite confusing text I began to think about so many different things. I was wondering what the point of this text was? I have to admit I had to scroll left and right and up and down, multiple times to be able to fully comprehend this text. I have to say it was such a creative way for us readers to engage in an article and see things from a different point of view. In this text it states “Islands are a perfect topic”, I love this analogy because you begin to see a whole new perspective. I agree, Islands are a perfect topic. You have so many options to choose from, and they are isolated writing that is always journalistic.