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Formal Paper 1 Although I consider myself to highly enjoy the act of reading and writing I do not usually look forward to reading the introductions to works of literature as I most often find the task to be somewhat tedious and needless However on reviewing the Introduction to Ways of Reading by Petrosky and Bartholomae I found it to be surprisingly absorbing as it described the ultimate purpose of the text book anthology we students are to use as a resource for the duration of the semester The introduction emphasized the importance of strong reading which entails work from the reader in the ways of thinking questioning analyzing and both listening and responding to the author as their voice is held in equal esteem to the readers own This first section of the textbook stresses the fact that strong reading requires a great deal of effort and aggression one cannot be passive and allow their mind to remain idle when otherwise brilliant and innovative ideas can be drawn from ones pot of possibilities One must ask questions He must read and re-read for it is impossible to truly grasp the content of a work of literature after reading it only once or twice or so on The authors words should be received as if they themselves are speaking to you and have something to say If one can learn to engage themselves in their study as consistently strong readers taking part in what Petrosky and Bartholomae refer to as labor-intensive reading they have acquired the skills to truly hear more to ask questions in order to form new ideas and ultimately have sufficient tools to better understand the world and communicate with others As a student who hopes to someday work in the field of communication I am eager to take on the habits of a strong reader On re-reading The Albanian Virgin by Alice Munro I was
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