COMP 150/ Sec 12
04 November 2014
My strategy for reading the article What is Rhetoric is quite short. It consists of four steps that I believe will help me understand the reading and to annotate the material a little easier.
I started to do this in the computer lab of cooper hall which is a public place for cooper residents to do homework or use computers. With that, it was a bit hard to concentrate with people in the room. There was a boy who was watching a movie and I caught myself trying to guess what movie is was. Besides that, I had my cell phone by my side and it kept ringing which was so distracting! I honestly started off rough.
As I started my brainstorming, I found myself coming up with a plan, writing it down, then putting it all into steps. I found it hard though to try and basically guess on how you’re going to read something without actually reading it first. The steps I came up with I find is very broad and as I start to read I might realize that I did something that should’ve been in my steps.
The first step is to my strategy is to skim through the reading to get a general sense of what the article is going to be about. I imagine that certain phrases would pop out at me and make me think what could that meant which gets me thinking.
My second step is to go back to the beginning and read through the whole thing before I start annotating. By then I should have a general idea of what the article is about so it won’t be so hard to understand and pay attention to the material.
My third step to this is when I’m done reading the entire article, go back and read it again but this time start to annotate. I think this step doesn’t really require close reading because I should know what it about. I would imagine that by this step I can kind of find things that stood out to me while reading so that I can skim through and kind of quickly annotate some things.
My last and final step requires me to read the article again. This time very closely. If I feel the need to, I will annotate some more but do it as I’m reading. By then I should know what the entire article is about right off the back without having to go look for where certain things are. After I feel that I am done I would like to skim over everything once more, including the annotations and see if it broadened my understanding of the article.
Covino, William, and David Jolliffe. “What Is Rhetoric?” Rhetoric: Concepts, Definitions, Boundaries. Ed. William Covino and David Jolliffe. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1995. 3-26. Print.