Reading

You are already working a lot on your writing in this class, and below you will find some challenges to work on your READING. Hopefully you will start to see that reading, like writing, is a creative act of the imagination. To learn more, take a look below to see if there is a challenge that intrigues or inspires you... and for more information about writing up your blog post, see the extra credit challenges page.


Learn about reading. Read about reading (or watch a video) and share your thoughts in a blog. I've bookmarked some good resources here: Reading Resources. Feel free to repeat this challenge as many times as you want... there are so many good resources to learn from online. For example, here is a hilarious video about libraries and reading, so much fun to watch and with a powerful message too: Uptown Funk, Library-Style:




Share a resource. Do you have a video or online article about reading (especially creative ways of reading) that you would like to recommend? That would be great! Write up a post about the resource and why you like it (if it's a video, include the video in your post; here's how), and then I'll add it to the class resources.


Audiobook experience. There are audio options for some of the readings in this class, and there are hundreds of free audiobooks at LibriVox. These are recordings of books in the public domain, which means the text is also available online for free. So, for your challenge this week, do some listening, using different styles: try listening to an audiobook with your eyes closed; try listening while you read along with the text; try listening while you are doing other things (walking, doing housework, etc.). Then, write about your experience. Have you listened to audiobooks before? What do you like / not like about it? This could be a good way to decide if you want to explore some of the audiobook reading options for this class!


Reading out loud. This is an experiment similar to the audiobook experiment: try doing at least part of the reading for class this week by reading out loud to yourself. What does that do to your reading experience? For me, reading out loud is a totally different experience than reading silently, and I read out loud whenever I have the time to do so. Give it a try, and then write about your experience in a blog post!


Reading and watching/listening. If you are watching a movie on TV, you probably have the option to turn on English subtitles. Turn on the subtitles and see how that mix of listening and reading works for you. How is the experience different when you are both hearing and seeing the words? Do you like watching the captions turned on, or do you not like it? If you are watching together with someone else, compare your experiences. Do they have the same reaction that you do? In general, do you spend more time each day reading or watching TV/movies...? If you were magically given the gift of two totally free hours per day to read or watch TV/movies (and you could not use that time for anything else), which would you choose and why?


Find a favorite reading meme. I've got lots of reading memes, quotes, and cartoons here at this blog, so you can browse around and see if you find one that really grabs you, and then write a blog post with the item and your thoughts about it. Or maybe you have some reading memes or quotes or cartoons that you have saved and can share in a blog post: that would be great! To do the challenge, find your favorite(s) either here at the blog or on the Internet, and then share that in a blog post at your blog, with your thoughts and comments.


Make a reading meme. Maybe you have a favorite quote about reading or about books, or something about the power of imagination in general. If you do, then make a meme to share those words, perhaps together with an image. There are lots of meme makers and quote makers you can use, such Canva or Cheezburger.









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