Reading like a writer (RLW) is...• Reading critic and consciously;• Identifying the authors choices;• Assessing those choices;• Acquiring valuable options.
The main idea of RLW is...• To keep in mind that you are reading to understand how the text was written. Writing Reading
Objective "Reading to learn about writing" (p. 72), that is, "to locate what you believe are the mostimportant writerly choices represented in the text" (p. 72), and to assess them in order to make, or not, use of such constructions in ones own texts.
Why to Read Like a Writer?• Opportunity to think and learn about writing;• Students build knowledge about the process through the study of others experiences;• Students improve their writing.
Why to Read Like a Writer?• Charles Moran (1990, p. 75): “When we read like writers we understand and participate in the writing. We see the choices the writer has made, how the writer has coped with the consequences of those choices, (...) what the writer is doing; we have written ourselves and know the territory, know the feeling of it, know some of the moves ourselves.”
Before reading• Contextual information:• Purpose;• Audience;• Genre;• Published or student-produced;• Objective of the reading;
While reading• Follow-up questions:• Is the authors purpose being fulfilled?• Is the audience being reached?• What in the text makes you feel and respond the way you do?
While reading• Consider:• Language style: link to the audience;• Evidences: appropriation and effectiveness;• Confusing parts: existence and cause;• Transition strategies: existence and effectiveness.
While reading• Hints on RLW:• Highlight important parts;• Make comments;• Take notes;• Write summaries during and after reading;• Ask yourself follow-up questions;• Ask yourself for possible improvements.
The importance of practicing• "The more you practice, the quicker the process becomes until youre reading like a writer almost automatically" (p. 85).
Conclusion "Questioning why the author made certain decisions. Considering what techniques could have made the text better. Deciding how to include the best attributes of what you read in your own writing. This is what Reading Like a Writer is all about." (p. 85)
Other references• Francine Prose: How to read as a writer.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j-hHAgIDDw