Reading is basically the process of gaining knowledge and everyone has their own way of defining it

Reading is basically the process of gaining knowledge and everyone has their own way of defining it. There are many different strategies for making sense of a text. I usually try to analyze the text for important topics that I can really relate to. Being able to relate to what you read help you grasp a deeper meaning in the text. This mainly helps because of the fact that it is easier to do something when you are comfortable with it and that comes naturally easy if you’re able to relate. This makes it more subtle when identifying what the message of the text is or what message it is trying to help you understand. When I get stuck I would take notes about the text and compare one part to another part of the text to try to get an understanding of it. A text could have several layers of meaning or information that need to be understood before the main message is really out there. I recently noticed this process called “framing” and it’s basically setting up the text in such a way where someone may see from the same perspective you share. This type of writing is used more often than people realize. It’s not just used by authors, anyone could use it whether to send a message towards a general matter or for academic use. This type of reading or writing is used in basic everyday use whether you realized or not.
In “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” Sherman Alexie talks how he grew up in an Indian Reservation and his mission to strive for education. In the text he quotes “if he had been anything but an Indian boy living on the reservation, he might have been called a prodigy.” This is a well-written example of framing in real life. The text itself may not have been framed but the image that he describes shows the perspective of how others view him as someone that should not be praised for his skill because in this time they were seen as a lesser race. This is very similar to the activity that we did in class about a situation with races being unnoticed or unappreciated. Nicki Minaj had brought up the issue of black women being seen a certain way and how the image was stained by stereotyping. She had framed her text around the VMAs and made a message that had a deeper meaning. Sherman Alexie emphasizes himself over many times including books. He relates his experiences of reading with writing. He has taught himself writing through the act of reading. Reading was as compatible to writing as soccer was with footwork. Learning one would eventually help you develop the other. Even though he did not present this idea but he compared his reading and writing to his life. “A paragraph was a fence that held words” compared to his status in life. Just as he developed his reading it improved his diction, comprehension, writing, and he used a lot of questioning and as those improved so did his life. He compared the task of living with the task of reading. Reading to him was an essential part of life itself. Maybe not just to him, reading is an essential part of life to all of us, image looking at a sign and telling yourself not to read it but the moment your eyes glance at the sign it’s already been read. He says “I am trying to save our lives” multiple times and Just like breathing reading is necessary and it’s needed because we strive for understanding and comprehension. In my opinion reading is the best strategy because it show you many different angles the topic at hand.
I share interest in a lot of the recent strategies I’ve learned such as Tierney and Pearson’s composition of reading and Haas and Flower’s construction of meaning. Tierney and Pearson’s composition talked a lot about basic functions of reading and writing. The functions they had talked about are planning, drafting, aligning revising and monitoring. I took in a lot of ideas from their rant about aligning, such as the author’s search for different stances in a topic. The writer does more than giving the reader an opportunity to passively gain information but tries to find a way for them to interact and relate to it. And I feel that these concepts have helped improve my understanding of reading. Normally in school you’re taught the basics of reading and writing and they graze over these compositional skills. Although they went more in depth with the basics and really explained how each function worked in correlation to the next. Haas and Flower touched on the same topic of reading strategies for reading construction. I personally like their quick assessment strategy of reminding yourself what you are good at as a reader and knowing what your weaknesses and strengths are when it comes to reading. They also talked about using constructive reading over receptive reading. This meant instead of just using the text, use knowledge that you already, instead of questioning make an inference with your knowledge. This really helped me get a better idea of how I want to refine the way I think about reading in general and I feel that I can integrate these strategies and ideas into my reading and writing as I become fonder of them. Stuart Greene talks a lot about the research of arguments. All questions can raise conflict because there are several perspectives and angles to look at them from. This leads to researching and identifying these arguments or questions. The motion of an argument is to persuade a person to one side or the other and this develops writing, which is communication with a goal. To create these types of conversations or arguments you have to question yourself about what the problem is or what topics do people talk about and how they may react to them. Whatever is written needs to develop some sort of debate or questioning towards your concept.
I think that Haas and Flower fall short in their explanation of their constructive meaning strategy. They graze over the idea of inferring rather than guessing or questioning and say readers must integrate their own information into the meaning. That I agree with but when they introduce the strategy of rhetorical reading it seems out of place because it is barely used and critical reading is used more than rhetoric. Their idea is for us to use the strategy that is less popular over an already efficient popular strategy.
When it comes to reading strategies, I personally, like to know what I’m reading and why I am reading it. I hate reading without a pleasurable purpose and when it’s more for pleasure it’s a real pain. Although when I know what I’m reading it creates this small feeling of clarity and allows me to focus instead of falling asleep. Any purpose of reading other than for pleasure may feel like a job and can really stress you out. Other than that highlighting important topics and taking notes can help in the long run when trying to comprehend text. Annotating and drafting inferences based off some sort of reasoning also adds on to your ability to comprehend text. But in my opinion, the best way to make sense of text is to just read more in general.