“From Reading to Writing”
How will thinking about the author’s purpose and motivation for writing his/her argument help you understand what you read more deeply?
Many people consider reading as an effortless process and thinking about author’s purpose or motivation for writing his/her argument something without value. Reading is a process that requires concentration and attention to get the main ideas. By knowing the authors purpose for writing a particular argument will help you to understand more deeply what you will read because since the first time that you start reading a text you try to read carefully, underline things that look not convincing, ask questions to yourself why he/she thinks this way. In short, you read actively which is the best way to understand more deeply what you read. When you think about writer’s purpose and motivation for writing a particular argument, you carefully read all the details that he/she gives and make your analyze and see if you agree or disagree with writer’s point of view. Also, you can see if author’s conclusion and details are believable or he/she just wants to convince readers for his/her ideas. This is important because you don’t have to believe or agree with everything that an author writes. Mostly arguments are subjective. Writers write an argument based on their opinion, idea but not based on facts, proofs. Many times, authors write arguments even if they don’t believe what they are writing but are influenced from their job or other circumstances. Also, understanding more deeply what you read helps you to have your own interpretation for the context of the writing. It means if you understand the main points of writing you can use your own words to explain or to interpret what you read. You don’t have to use the author’s exact word. Thinking about author’s purpose and motivation for writing his/her argument is helpful to understand more deeply what you read because if you know the reason why he/she is writing a particular argument you can say if this is a true argument based on what the author really think or is just something that the author is writing to convince readers for things that he/she does not believe him/herself.
What in this chapter was particularly useful for you? Was there anything new you learned?
Chapter 2 “From Reading to Writing” was a useful chapter for me because it talks about how reading and writing are connected to each other. You can’t write convincing arguments if you don’t read first. These are two processes that goes parallelly with each other. Also, another thing that was helpful for me in this chapter was understanding better what reading actively mean. Usually happened to read an article, underline things that I think are important, but at the end I don’t remember nothing what I read. This happened because during the reading I wasn’t active, I didn’t think or try to understand carefully what the author means by a phrase or an argument. It is important to read and reflect for what you read. Sometimes when I read I don’t really think why the author keeps this attitude, or why the author is focusing on some details and not on others. It is important not just to read and believe anything the author said, but to be critic. All these are some new and useful things that I learned in this chapter.