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Reading Notes and Reading Like a Writer

 

As you do the reading for this class, you will start to look at the stories with a new perspective, keeping an eye out for events and characters that you want to use for your own stories. As you get more confident with this way of reading, you will start to look at things with a writer's eye, noticing little details like how the storyteller introduces each character or the way the dialogue brings those characters to life. Every story you read is a chance to learn something new that will help you as a writer. If you like a story, you can try to imitate the strategies that the storyteller uses, borrowing the characters and the plot for your own story. If you do not like a story, then you can think about how you could tell a better version of the story.

 

Focus on your favorites. In your other classes, you are probably taking notes to repeat the content on a quiz or exam. In this class, there are no quizzes or exams; instead, you are taking notes in order to help you write your own story. So, as you read, focus on what you think will be useful to you. You will be reading all the content (each reading assignment will take about an hour), but you do NOT need to take notes on everything you read. In fact, you should not take notes on everything. Instead, take notes only on the stories that you really liked, zooming in on the most fascinating details that might help you to tell your own version of the story. You might end up taking notes on just one story, or maybe two or three — but don't try to take notes on everything. Focus on what you think you will use for your own story!

 

Experiment with your notes. There are lots of different ways that you can read like a writer, and you will learn from week to week what kinds of notes will be most useful to you when you tell your own stories. As you learn what notetaking style(s) work best for you, I would urge you to try a new notetaking strategy each week, just to see what clicks for you. If you find a strategy that works well, you can make that part of your regular notetaking process: Notetaking Strategies to Explore. That is a good page to bookmark for future reference because you will be doing some reading and taking notes every week in this class.

 

Find the right length. Some people start out with notes that are way too long, and other people start out with notes that are too short. You will see each week when you write your story what is the right length. You want to have enough material in your notes so that you will have a good idea of what kind of story you are going to write each week, but if you have too many notes, that can slow you down. As a rough guess, you might aim for note posts that are around 300-600 words in length, but that is something each person will find out based on their individual experience.

 

FORMATTING THE POST. Here are the guidelines for each Reading Notes post:

 

POST TITLE: Make sure you include the phrase Reading Notes plus a reference to the specific reading. For example: Reading Notes: Homer's Odyssey, Part A or Reading Notes: Narayan's Ramayana, Section C, etc.

 

POST LABELS: Each Reading Notes post will have TWO post labels: "Reading" plus a label for the week (Week 2, Week 3, etc.). Make sure you separate the two labels with a comma! So, for example: Reading, Week 2 (with a comma between the two labels).

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: You need to include AUTHOR, TITLE, and a LINK to the SPECIFIC STORY you focused on in your notes. You will find it useful to have that bibliography information ready to go when you write your storytelling post later in the week.

 

IMAGE: In addition to your notes about the reading, find at least one image that you want to include. That might be an image from the reading itself, or it might be some other image that you find online if you follow some links to learn more about the reading. Make sure you include image information. That means a CAPTION for the image and a LINK to the webpage where you found the image. You might even find the image you want to use for your storytelling later in the week!

 

When you are done with each Reading Notes post, you will do a Gradebook Declaration. This is the same Declaration you will do for any reading assignment in this class (including any extra credit reading you do).

 

DECLARATION: Reading Notes

I completed the reading and published a blog post with my notes.

POST TITLE: I used the phrase "Reading Notes" plus the reading title.

(example. Reading Notes: PDE Ramayana, Part B)

POST LABELS: I used the label "Reading" plus the week's label.

(example: Reading, Week 2 — separated by a comma)

BIBLIOGRAPHY: I included basic bibliography: author, title, link.

IMAGE: I Included at least one image with image information.

 

 

 

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