Questioning Ideas:

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In terms of education and academics do you think how we analyze what we read is more essential than what we actually read?

– Have you ever had a teacher that taught you to read like a writer in order to enhance your writing?

–  What are things you have tried in the past to make your writings better? Do these align with what the article suggested?

– Do you agree with the idea that we must read in order top become better writers and listen to become better speakers


Reading like a reader:

Reading like a writer:


  • Frank Smith’s “Reading like a Writer” makes a point to address how grading in writing serves only “administrative, bureaucratic, or political purposes”(Smith 567). Smith emphasizes the importance of making sure every child feels capable of writing. What techniques do writers use and what should be taught in education that increase confidence in burgeoning writers? What are examples in this piece?

  • Gerald Graff claims that the benefits of reading in education as it relates to writing shows in the analysis that the student can create using their skills. The quality of the text is trivial next to the ability of the student to form a strong argument. How does Graff’s use of contrasting examples(“Vanna Speaks” vs “The Magic Mountain”) contribute to the intelligence and clarity of his own argument? 

  • Graff also mentions texts have to walk the line between too mundane and too “above” the audience. The audience can lose interest if the text is too boring, but if there is a “gesture of superiority to them “(Graff 70) that causes the text to become unrelatable, the audience will also lose interest. How do writers keep the audience interested without the notion of superiority or condescension? What techniques does Graff use to keep his writing relatable, yet interesting?

Connecting ideas:


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Does focusing on how we read instead of what we read improve the ability to read like a writer?

Will students feel more comfortable, and more like they’re “in the club”, if more focus is put on how they analyze, and less pressure is put on understanding difficult texts?


Getting beyond the text:


  • Throughout both Smith’s Reading Like a Writer and Graff’s Why How We Read Trumps What We Read both author’s comparatively agree that learning values related to writing or analysis of reading are far more important than the actual reading or writing itself. Further, both authors contend that academic environments made up by the school are incredibly important to the success of their students as teachers and educators choose how and what material are taught to their students As a result, think about and discuss among groups, if the schools at the collegiate level should include dictate required readings, discussion and essays more heavily than they do? Also, could universities do this without limiting a student’s curriculum plan and further limit student’s ability to study different fields if they are not necessarily essential to reading, analysis or writing?

  • Discuss a genre that you enjoy and why you feel like you are able to write better in that genre (using the reading as a reference)

  • Why is this topic relevant to what we are learning in class?